An alleged Comer kidnapper was found in possession of explosives on Christmas Eve.
Local, state and federal law enforcement officers searched the home of Antonio Lavanta Meadows, 30, 87 Flint Street, Comer, Dec. 24. Law officers went to Meadows’ home to arrest him for the alleged Dec. 21 kidnapping of a female.
According to Comer Police Chief Dennis Bell, when officers entered the residence to place Meadows under arrest, he was attempting to dispose of evidence down a sink that officers believed to be illegal drugs, possibly methamphetamine.
“It was a white, powdery substance,” said Bell.
The officers then obtained a search warrant for the residence to search for drugs and other evidence. They found three destructive devices, or “pipe bombs,” and contacted the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, as well as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Bomb Squad. Evidence related to the kidnapping, drugs and other stolen property was also seized during the execution of the search warrant. Neighboring homes were evacuated as officials searched the home where the explosives were found.
Meadows was initially charged with one count of kidnapping and was denied bond on that charge. Other charges levied Monday include: aggravated assault, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm/weapon during the commission of a crime, battery, three counts of possession of destructive device, burglary, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana and possession of drug related objects. Federal charges could also be levied.
According to Bell, Meadows, a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, who goes by the name “Black Mamba,” has temporary protective orders (TPOs) against him from three women.
His girlfriend approached law officers on Christmas Eve, describing a violent attack and kidnapping incident at Meadows’ residence on Dec. 21. The victim, who is in her early 20s, said Meadows had been violent in the past with her, but not to the extent of the alleged Dec. 21 attack.
On that day, the victim said Meadows hit her, picked her up, shoved her across a room and into a wall, knocking her unconscious. He then put her in a chair, tied her up with a rope, electrical cord and chain around her body, and bounced a knife to her leg, drawing blood. He put a sock in her mouth and silk pillow to her head, telling her that she was about to know what it’s like to die. He talked of water boarding.
Bell said the victim was allegedly tied up for about 45 minutes to an hour. He then moved her to the bedroom and sat watching her. The victim escaped around 6 a.m. the next morning.
The victim was reluctant to report the incident, saying that Meadows had threatened to kill her and her family if she went to the police.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol assisted in the case.