Two men accused of kidnapping face several charges

Two men accused of kidnapping face several charges
Kevin Brooks (Source: Chatham Co. Sheriff's Office)
Kevin Brooks (Source: Chatham Co. Sheriff's Office)
Brian Jones (Source: Chatham Co. Sheriff's Office)
Brian Jones (Source: Chatham Co. Sheriff's Office)

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Two men face several charges in connection with an overnight home invasion that led to a standoff in downtown Savannah and shut down about two blocks.

Kevin Dale Brooks, 26, is charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault on a police officer, burglary, possession of a controlled substance and armed robbery. Brian Jones, 23, is charged with burglary, armed robbery, false imprisonment and a traffic offense.

On Thursday morning, Earl Hamilton, 60, drove up to Domestic Violence Det. Trina Mayes on Broughton Street in a silver Jaguar, rolled out of the car and told her that the man inside the car had kidnapped him and was forcing him to withdraw money from a credit union, according to Julian Miller, public information administrator with Savannah-Chatham Metro Police.

Hamilton later told police his 11-year-old son was being held at the house by an accomplice of Brooks, according to police.

Mayes saw Brooks get into driver's seat with a gun, she aimed her gun at him and ordered him to stop, according to police. Police said Brooks continued to move to the driver's seat until she fired a gunshot at him, which hit the top of the car's windshield.

Brooks rolled out of the car and ran. The Jaguar kept rolling across Broughton Street and went into the glass window of Saigon Restaurant.

Mayes ran after the gunman into Johnson Square. Other responding officers confronted him in front of the Pink House and he ran into the restaurant. Police surrounded the building. Workers and guests inside were evacuated. Several blocks around the area were locked down.

SWAT, a hostage negotiation team and K9 officers searched the Pink House and found Brooks hiding on the main floor. He was treated at an area hospital for injuries inflicted by Police K9 Faust when he refused to surrender, according to police.

Central Precinct officers had surrounded Hamilton's home on Milton Street in west Savannah. Hamilton's son got out of the house.

SWAT teams were brought in to search the house. Before they conducted the search, Jones got into a Cadillac SUV that parked in the closed garage, opened the garage door and sped off in reverse toward officers, according to police. Jones drove for several yards into trees in a heavily wooded area.

SWAT and K-9 officers, two SCMPD helicopters scoured the wooded area, and spotting Jones who headed toward Seiler Avenue in the Tatumville area. Jones was tracked down by K-9 Flash and taken into custody.

Police said that Hamilton told officers the men got into his house late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning looking for drugs and money.

A search warrant conducted on the house. SCMPD Violent Crimes detectives are still piecing together information in the case.

Brooks, Jones and Hamilton have multiple arrest records, according to SCMPD.

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