Dothan man kidnaps ex-girlfriend, crashes on John D. Odom


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN0 — Saturday morning Houston County sheriff deputies responded to a domestic violence call involving an assault. Now, a Dothan man is behind bars after leading those deputies on a high-speed chase.

Ronnie Roberts was arrested Saturday after breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home, kidnapping her, and trying to flee from the Houston County Sheriff’s deputies. 

Saturday morning 54-year-old Ronnie Roberts forced his way into the home of his ex-girlfriend Lacherrian Fountain, and her roommate Rhonda Jenkins. 

“The victim’s were assaulted inside, one was thrown out of the front door,” Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza said. “Ms. Fountain was actually taken, forced into a vehicle, the suspect had assaulted her with a ball bat, and they left the scene.”

A deputy responding to the call observed the vehicle at the intersection of Highway 84 and W.G. Bond Road. Roberts fled the intersection going Eastbound on West Main Street before turning north on John D. Odom Road, that’s when Fountain jumped out of the vehicle. 

“Our deputy just happened to be on 84, and when they came onto 84 from around the W.G. Bond Road area, the deputy was right there and spotted them,” Valenza said. “He was not pursuing the vehicle once the female exited, he was more concerned with her.”

Deputies then arrived at a wreck where Roberts struck another car. He then attempted to flee the scene on foot, but deputies were able to catch up and take him into custody. 

“Ronnie Roberts is charged with kidnapping first degree,  burglary first degree, and domestic violence second,” Valenza said. “It’s two Class A felonies, and one Class B felony and there’s no bond on any of the charges at this time.”

According to the Dothan Eagle, Roberts was currently out on bond from a January 29 charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

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