Holmes County kidnapping, chase ends in Moorhead with two dead

By BY RECARDO THOMAS STAFF REPORTER,

Pictured above was the scene just east of Moorhead on U.S. 82 on Thursday morning.

An alleged kidnapping/hostage situation turned fatal early Thursday morning after law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdictions pursued a Madison County man across several county lines before the pursuit came to an end just east of Moorhead.

The man identified as Lavonte Lloyd, reportedly kidnapped a Holmes County infant from a home in Cruger, where shots were fired before he fled the scene.

Officials caught up with him after the truck he was driving left the road and went into a ditch on the south side of U.S. 82, about 20 miles west of Greenwood. He and the infant were deceased in the truck.

Holmes County Sheriff Willie March said his Department received a call around 6:25 a.m. Thursday morning from the child’s grandmother stating that Lloyd had kidnapped the little girl.

March said officers were in transit to the grandmother’s house when a second call came in that Lloyd had left the area with the child and was headed north on U.S. 49 into Leflore County in a white truck with a tank on the back.

He was also told that Lloyd had fired shots in the small community.

At some point they attempted to intercept Lloyd and followed him into Sunflower County where his vehicle was discovered off of the road.

March said he was told what happened when he made it on scene.

“When I made it here, the truck was in the ditch, and when they made entrance into the truck, they found that the baby was deceased and also the driver, which is her father, was also deceased,” said March.

March said he was unsure of the child’s age.

“I really don’t know, it looks like it could be a small arm-baby, maybe one-year-old,” he said.

He said the mother had previously filed a restraining order against Lloyd, however he showed up in the Cruger area over the weekend, and law enforcement officials were called, but when officers arrived, Lloyd had fled through a corn field and they were unable to catch him.

Officials were still on scene late Thursday morning processing the area.