JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is calming Durkeeville residents' concerns while at the same time warning all citizens about their actions online.
In a news conference this morning police said the kidnapping of a Jacksonville woman this week stemmed from an online interaction between the suspect and victim.
Police called the news conference to calm residents' fears that a kidnapper may have been randomly taking families from the Durkeeville area. Detectives urged all people to be careful of their activities online and who they choose to meet with in person after an initial meeting online.
According to a release from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the woman met the alleged kidnapper through her Model Mayhem webpage about a month ago.
The woman told police that the man, 44-year-old Rasheim Abdul Dolton, came to her home and held her and her three children against their will at gunpoint. She told officers Dolton threatened to kill them if they told police. Dolton is expected in court on Friday.
Dolton used an alias, Luther Bernard Ogletree, on the website and on his driver's license.
"If you look up the name that he gave this girl, he doesn't come up as a sex offender, or if she did her homework on him, he doesn't look like he has a background, but indeed he's been in and out of jail for this, in and out of prison and is a very serious criminal," said JSO spokesperson Melissa Bujeda.
For three weeks, the family remained inside the home, and the report says the woman told police Dolton monitored her text messages and phone calls.
On Wednesday, the victim was able to use a phone while she paid her electric bill, which Bujeda later said was done at a local JEA office. Dolton threatened to kill the children if the victim attempted to escape, police said.
The victim used the phone to call a friend and asked the friend to contact the woman's sister and tell the sister she was being held against their will.
On Wednesday afternoon the victim's sister flagged police down in a Northside neighborhood and told them her sister had been kidnapped. The sister said the suspect had taken her sister and her sister's children after seeing police cars in the neighborhood.
The sister called the woman's cell phone, and the woman told her sister she was going to Tampa to hand out music fliers. During their conversation, the sister described the woman as "evasive" but "able to answer she was not ok."
"When she called the cell phone she could tell something just was not right. Something wasn't clicking. The questions weren't getting answered," said Bujeda.
Police were able to determine that the woman wasn't headed to Tampa at all, and that she was in fact traveling to Georgia.
Around 9:00 Wednesday night, the Georgia State Patrol stopped the victim's vehicle in Peach County, Georgia. Franka Young, public information officer for the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said a trooper located Dolton in a parking lot off the side of Georgia State Route 49 just east of Interstate 75.
Dolton had been driving a 2003 Ford Taurus, and Young said the children were found safe in that vehicle's back seat.
Troopers turned Dolton over to the Byron Police Department after his arrest, Young said.
Now Dolton is scheduled for an extradition hearing Friday morning, Capt. Lavender with Bryon PD said, and until then he will be in the Peach County Law Enforcement Center.
According to Lavender, Dolton was arrested in Fulton County, Georgia for statutory rape in 1996. Lavender said Dolton got out of prison in Nov. 2002.
Dolton is required to register as a sex offender, but Lavender said he had been listed as an absconder after failing to update his registry for nearly a year. The suspect had an active warrant out of Fulton County for failing to do so.
The victim and her children were still in Byron at the time of our conversation with Capt. Lavender and he indicated that his department was working with JSO to bring them back the woman and her children back home.
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