Thursday Kidnapping: FBI Working with Leon Co. Deputies

Charles Vaughn III
Posted at 6:45 PM, Dec 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-11 07:15:34-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- The FBI has confirmed that agents at their Jacksonville Office are coordinating with the Leon County Sheriff's Office regarding the suspect in Thursday's kidnapping and robberies.

The LCSO says the suspect has been identified as 26-year-old Charles Vaughn III.

Vaughn is the suspect in two robberies and a kidnapping in Leon County. And according to the Vinton County Sheriff's Office in Ohio, a warrant was issued for his arrest in an October bank robbery in Wilkesville, Ohio. They say Vaughn is from South Point, Ohio.

According to LCSO, Vaughn kidnapped a man in Leon County and took him at gun point through the drive through at Prime Meridian Bank on Capital Circle.

He then made the victim drive him to the CVS on North Monroe where he demanded narcotics from the pharmacy, according to deputies.

The victim was next forced to drive down Fred George Road where deputies say Vaughn got out of the vehicle. The victim found witnesses who called 911.

Leon County Deputies responded to the railroad crossing on Fred George where Vaughn left the vehicle and brought K-9 units to search for the suspect on the tracks.

Around 11 a.m. Vaughn fired his gun at deputies. He was then shot by a deputy. He was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

LCSO says Vaughn is in stable condition and that the deputy has been put on paid administrative leave per standard procedure.

Springwood Elementary was placed on lockdown from 10:55am until 11:20am. According to the school district, there was no threat to the campus and the lockdown was just a precaution.

Officers locked off Fred George from Capital Circle North West to Mission. The railroad is also blocked off in the area and deputies say they have contacted CSX about the closure.