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Husband kidnaps wife, child from mall
Police believe arrested man is war veteran

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

A domestic incident at a shopping mall in Morrow Sunday ended with a man facing several charges for allegedly kidnapping his wife and child at gunpoint.

Morrow Police arrested Darius Hosley, 27, Sunday after police said he confronted his wife and two-month-old child while they were shopping at Southlake Mall around 2:30 p.m., according to Capt. Scott Olson, commander of the uniform patrol division for the Morrow Police Department.

No motive for the incident was given. "I know he's a military man," said Olson, although he said he does not know to which branch of the military Hosley reportedly belongs. "I think he just returned shortly from Iraq or Afghanistan," Olson said.

Olson said Hosley forced his wife and baby out of the mall at gunpoint, and when confronted by witnesses outside, he fired several rounds into the air. He said the rounds did not strike anyone. "... Hosley then forced them [wife and child] into his car and drove away," Olson said, in a written statement.

He said Morrow Police and Clayton County Police stopped Hosley's gold Mitsubishi Gallant on Lake Drive, at the exit from the mall, at Mt. Zion Road.

"The female and child were rescued, and Darius Hosley was immediately arrested," he said.

The woman and child, whom police did not identify at the time, were not injured, according to authorities. "Mall management and security were critical in relaying emergency information to the many responding units," Olson said.

Mall management could not be reached for comment on Monday.

Hosley was charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, cruelty to children, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, and reckless conduct.

He was being held in the Clayton County Jail.