(Photos provided by Pickens County Sheriff’s Office)
MARBLE HILL, Ga. – According to Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Captain Kris Stancil, a recent accident led to a drawn-out search and capture of one Richard Eric Duckett, 25.
The Pickens Sheriff involved support from four other agencies including GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation), Georgia State Patrol, the Gilmer Sheriff’s Office, and the Cherokee-Pickens multi-agency SWAT team.
Though they did eventually capture Duckett, what follows is the Pickens Sheriff’s Public Release about the events leading up to his capture.
During a bizarre twist of events, an accident that deputies responded to on Highway 53 East in Marble Hill Georgia on March 7th at approximately 10:30 pm, turned out to be an Aggravated Assault case. Upon arrival at an accident, deputies found the driver of one vehicle to be suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg. Another vehicle, a motorcycle, was also found wrecked with no driver in site.
Recognizing that this was more than an accident, deputies requested the assistance of detectives, the Georgia State Patrol and later the GBI Crime Scene Unit to respond as well.
What we have learned about this active case is that a domestic dispute erupted at a residence on Andiron Way in Marble Hill Georgia. During the dispute, Richard Eric Duckett (age 25) shot Roy Joseph Holloway in the right leg. After shooting Holloway, Duckett then fled the residence on a Yamaha Motorcycle. Holloway then got into a Lexus passenger car and began to chase after him.
As they traveled East on Hwy 53 East, Duckett lost control of the motorcycle and wrecked in the 10000 block of Hwy 53 East, near the J.M. Huber Corporation. Holloway then continued to travel East for approximately ½ mile before he wrecked the car near Pea Ridge Road.
Holloway was transported by ambulance and was treated for his injuries and released.
A search for Duckett began using the assistance of a Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office canine unit. Following a track and additional witness information, it was determined that Duckett had received a ride back to the residence at 18 Andiron Way. Once this information was obtained, detectives obtained a Search Warrant and Arrest Warrant for Mr. Duckett. Due to no one answering the multiple attempts to come to the door, the Cherokee-Pickens multi-agency SWAT team was requested to execute entry and conduct a search warrant.
During the execution of the search warrant, Mr. Duckett was not found in the residence but Patrick Scheibel (age 20) was arrested for Obstruction of Law Enforcement Officers.
Deputies continued to search for Duckett in the immediate area throughout the night.
On Friday, March 8th, deputies were called to a residence in the area of Duckett Lane for an individual requesting an ambulance due to a motorcycle accident. Upon arrival, they learned that the individual was Mr. Duckett. He had what appear to be non-life-threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment. Detective accompanied him on the transport.
This case is still being actively investigated to determine the events that led up to the shooting and to process the evidence obtained at the residence and in the vehicles.
Jasper, GA – On August 25, The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office sent out the following statement,
Pickens Sheriff’s Office needs your help to locate 9 year old Skylar Hunter and her father, William Hunter.
William is wanted for Aggravated Assault and Skylar is believed to be in extreme danger. They were last seen in the area of 117 Apple Lane in Jasper. William was driving a beige Mercury Monterrey with a Georgia license plate of QBG 6618 (photo of similar vehicle).
If you see William, Skylar, or the vehicle, or know where to find them, please call 911.
William assaulted his wife before leaving the residence with his nine year old daughter, Skylar.
According to the victim, William is under the influence of drugs.
Update: In the early morning of August 26, both William and Skylar were found safe. There are no further details at this time.
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The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office are asking for assistance in locating a wanted man. Christopher Hollifield, currently wanted for kidnapping with bodily injury, false imprisonment, aggravated assault, interference with a 911 call, and aggravated battery.
Hollifield allegedly beat a female friend while holding her captive for several hours. He was last seen July 18, 2017 in the area of Pleasant Hill Road where he dropped off the victim. He is considered very dangerous so if you encounter Mr. Hollifield please contact the authorities immediately.
Hollifield was last seen driving a 1999 Infiniti i30 sedan with GA Tag of RGF 7945. The photo below is of a similar vehicle.
There is no further information at this time FYN will update as more information becomes available.
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