Subject of Thomasville manhunt denied bond at first court appearance

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - The Thomasville man who deputies spent the weekend searching for had his first court appearance on Monday.

Robert Carter II is accused of several crimes and faced a judge Monday for an incident that deputies said happened last Thursday.

Carter's bond was denied and he now faces nine charges for an incident on Sherwood Drive. Officers aren't releasing many details about the case but they said it's the case that made them also believe that Carter was possibly connected to Deanna Shirey, the missing Thomasville woman, due to evidence obtained by officers.

Carter is facing several charges, including kidnapping, aggravated assault, stalking and false imprisonment.

The Thomas County District Attorney said they are currently working on other charges for other cases involving Carter, who is also the suspect in the disappearance in of Shirey and is accused of holding a family hostage in Ochlocknee on Friday.

When deputies responded, they saw a family of three tied up and bound. They said Carter managed to escape before officers arrived and officers spent this past weekend searching for him.

"With the two helicopters in the air is why we think he was bedded down, and stayed in one, pretty much central location. And one of the search teams actually found him in the river," said Thomas County Sheriff's Office Captain Steve Jones.

And now the Georgia Bureau of Investigations is developing a case against other crimes Carter is believed to be involved in.

"Very methodically in what they do, they make sure everything is exactly as they want it when they do a charging document," explained Jones.

The Thomas County Sheriff's Office said people were visibly relieved when Carter was apprehended.

"This group of people, I don't know 15, 20, 25 people were cheering and yelling and screaming and clapping for the officers. I mean every single car that went by was met with that ovation from the citizens that were just so happy that we were able to get him into custody," said Jones.

But, Jones knows the capture of Carter would not have been possible without the help of Leon County's Sheriff's Office offering their helicopter, local law enforcement and many other agencies.

The Thomas County Sheriff's Office said there is a link to all three of these cases, the fact that Carter has done construction work at all of the residences.

At this time, the names of the victims have not yet been released to the public because it is an ongoing investigation.

Jones said this is a very sensitive case, so the Georgia Bureau of Investigations will take all the time it can with the other cases so they don't make any mistakes.

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