On October 30th at approximately 11:13 PM, officer of the Valley Police Department were called to a residence in the 300 block of Martin Luther King Drive in reference to a domestic dispute. On arrival, officers met with the caller, Danika Hutchinson (20 years old of Valley). She stated that she and her baby’s father, Jarez Ricks (26 years old of Valley) got into an altercation because she didn’t want her baby (10 months old) to stay with Ricks. Ricks hit her several times, choked her to the point of almost passing out, and pointed a gun at her, threatening to kill her and the child. She was able to leave the residence to call police.
Officers attempted to contact Ricks and ascertain the safety of the child but he refused to come to the door or cooperate with officers. Officers secured the residence and called for assistance from the Chambers County SWAT team. A negotiator was able to make contact with a resident of the home and they were able to verify that Ricks was no longer present.
Officers were able to track Ricks to another residence several houses down from the original location. The negotiator was able to contact Ricks and convince him to let the child go. The child was recovered safely at approximately 2:00 AM and was reunited with his mother. Ricks remained barricaded in the residence and negotiations for his surrender continued until he voluntarily left the house and was taken into custody at approximately 3:00 AM. Ricks was transported to the Valley Police Department where he was charged with Domestic Violence by Strangulation which is a class B felony. Ricks was interviewed, processed, and then taken to the Chambers County Detention Facility.
We would like to thank the Chambers County SWAT team and Lanett Police Department for their assistance in bringing this situation to a peaceful conclusion.