AYDEN, N.C. (WNCT) – According to attorney Tyrell Clemmons, all charges have been dropped against the three people accused of holding family members hostage.
The alleged victim, Alfonso Best, was deemed mentally incompetent.
AYDEN, N.C. (WNCT) – Three family members are accused of holding another relative captive against his will.
Police say they responded to the reported kidnapping at a home on Snow Hill Street. The victim, 45-year-old Alonzo Joe Best, told officers the trio had kept him in a residence on Lee Street against his will for several months.
Chief Barry Stanley told WNCT the conditions were deplorable and the victim was kept locked in a bedroom with no access to a bathroom and no air conditioning.
Three people were charged in the incident:
Carolyn Best Shaw of Bethel was charged with Felonious Restraint and placed under a $10,000 secure bond.
Joseph Carroll of Ayden was charged with False Imprisonment and placed under a $5,000 secure bond.
Frederick Best of Ayden was charged with Felonious Restraint and placed under a $10,000 secure bond. Chief Barry Stanley confirms with WNCT that suspect Frederick Best is a local pastor.
A website for the Unveiling Glory In Worship Ministries in Greenville lists Frederick Best as the pastor. It also lists Joseph Carroll as a pastor as well.
Edgecombe County officials told WNCT that Shaw works for the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office.
Frederick Best took to Facebook Monday evening defending his actions. He identified the victim as his uncle who he claims suffers from mental illness.
A Facebook post for the account of Frederick Best read “If my arrest has prevented our loved one from committing suicide, from harming any member of the community, or shed light on the subject of mental illness and it’s shrinking resources, it was worth it…”
Chief Barry Stanley told WNCT the victim did not show any signs of mental illness. He said the victim was clear on dates and times as well as other parts of the investigation.
WNCT reached out to Best but he did not wish communicate with us.
All three suspects have bonded out of jail.
The case remains under investigation and further charges may be pending.