Telly Briggs has been booked with three counts of simple kidnapping, booking records show.
Briggs was booked after Crowley Police found Leslie Conley of Abbeville and her two children, who had been missing since this weekend. Crowley Police said Briggs was booked in connection with Conley’s disappearance.
His bond has been set at $150,000.
This morning, Abbeville Police for the first time confirmed the incident and released these details in a release:
It began on Sunday evening, when patrol officers were called to an apartment complex on West Port Street. The woman who called said her daughter told her that her boyfriend had beaten her up. The mother said she was going to an apartment to check on her daughter.
The officers met the mother at the daughter’s apartment, and no one was there. The door was unlocked, so officers had the apartment manager secure it.
The mother had several missed calls from a local business, so she called that number back and spoke to a cashier who said she thought the daughter was in danger. Officers learned she was last known to be in the company of her two children and her boyfriend, Telly Briggs.
Officers were able to reach the daughter via cell phone for a few minutes; during that time they asked if she was in danger and she said yes. Then she quit responding to the officers’ questions, and the call was dropped.
Officers were receiving information about the daughter’s whereabouts, and they entered her and her boyfriend’s vehicle into the National Crime computer so law enforcement would know to be on the lookout.
Detectives took over on Monday morning, and with the help of the victim’s family were able to determine they were possibly in the Crowley area. Sure enough, detectives found the victim, her children and Briggs at a local motel near Crowley. She and the children were safe and unharmed. Briggs was arrested without incident.
The release includes the following statement from the Chief of Police:
Chief Spearman would like to commend his officers for a job well done and would like to thank surrounding agencies for all assistance in this investigation. Chief Spearman would also like to thank the citizens of Abbeville for their support and help they provide to the Abbeville Police Department.
Anyone with any information regarding any crime is encouraged to contact the Abbeville Police Department. You may also contact our “Tips” line at 892-6777. All callers may remain anonymous.