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Multiple charges filed in Locust Grove hostage case

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

A Griffin man is being held without bond in a high-risk cell block inside the Henry County Jail, following a lengthy standoff with police Thursday afternoon.

Authorities in two counties have released additional details regarding Anthony Deon Ellis, who is charged in connection with the alleged kidnapping of his ex-girlfriend from her mother's home in Griffin.

According to Spalding County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Ranieri, 34-year-old Ellis forced the woman to drive to 404 Wolf Creek Court, in Locust Grove.

He then reportedly held her there at knifepoint for three hours.

Henry County authorities believe Ellis may have had a connection to the home, prior to the incident.

"We have been told that the house once belonged to a family member," said Henry Police Capt. Jason Bolton. "It has been vacant for some time."

Officers negotiated with Ellis for about an hour and a half to convince him to release the hostage.

Ellis finally released his hostage at around 7 p.m., at which point the Henry County Special Weapons and Tactics team entered the scene and apprehended the suspect.

Authorities are not releasing details of what Ellis said to them during the hostage negotiation.

Although Ellis allegedly told authorities, during the negotiations, he had a gun in his possession, police did not find one when they arrested him.

Henry Police charged Ellis Thursday with false imprisonment, burglary, aggravated assault, rape and aggravated sodomy. Additional charges of kidnapping and aggravated stalking were levied against the suspect Friday, in Henry County Magistrate Court.

The stalking charge stems from a conditional bond issued for Ellis in Clayton County earlier this month. The Clayton County Sheriff's Office reports Ellis was charged with simple battery on April 11, and was scheduled to begin serving time on weekends beginning April 25.

According to Henry County Sheriff's Chief Deputy David McCart, Ellis is being monitored closely at the jail, due to his past criminal history and his current charges.

Capt. Ranieri said charges of aggravated assault, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, burglary and simple assault have been filed against Ellis in Spalding, in connection with Thursday's incident.

"Some of the same crimes were committed in Henry County that [Ellis] initially started in Spalding," Ranieri explained. "Whenever [authorities] are done with him in Henry County, we'll come and pick him up."

Ellis waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the Henry charges Friday.

Bond for Ellis will be set at a later date in Henry County Superior Court.