June 24, 2019
Cottondale, FL – On Sunday, June 23, 2019 at approximately 1:50 p.m., the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received a 911 call from employees at Loves Truck Stop in Cottondale, in reference to a female reporting she had been kidnapped and forced into her vehicle at gunpoint. The female victim stated the suspect was outside the Truck Stop at one of the gas pumps in a white Cadillac XTS. The female victim also stated the suspect had a gun and had threatened her and she was afraid he would shoot her.
Sheriff’s Deputies responded as well as Cottondale Police Department. Upon the Cottondale Officer arriving and making contact with the suspect, later identified as 36-year-old Albert Chester McKinnie of Fort Walton Beach, McKinnie entered the vehicle and drove off. The Cottondale Officer activated emergency lights and siren however the suspect failed to yield. McKinnie got on the Interstate and traveled east bound, then exited at the Kynesville Highway interchange and continued west bound towards Highway 231. Jackson County SO picked up the pursuit and engaged as the lead. McKinnie continued at speeds in excess of 100 MPH on Kynseville Highway and threw several bags of unknown items out of the vehicle along the road.
A trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol stopped north and south bound traffic at the intersection of Highway 231 and Kynesville Highway in an effort to protect the motoring public. McKinnie crossed Highway 231 and then went west bound on Corbin Road, traveling into Washington County. The Florida Highway Patrol trooper took over the pursuit as it turned south bound on Orange Hill Highway. After the suspect almost hit several vehicles, the trooper found a safe area to conduct the PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver, which caused the suspect vehicle to lose control and run off of the roadway, ending the high speed pursuit.
McKinnie was taken into custody without further incident and transported to the Washington County Jail.
Further investigation revealed the victim was kidnapped from Fort Walton Beach earlier that morning. The victim stated they had been driving around all the time, while the suspect held the gun to her threatening along the way and committing battery on her. The victim was able to convince the suspect to let her use the restroom at the truck stop and that is when she notified staff at Loves and then they notified law enforcement.
Albert Chester McKinnie was charged with Flee/Elude Police; Robbery (Carjacking with a Firearm); Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon; Possession of Cocaine; Grand Theft Motor Vehicle and Possession of Marijuana less than 20 grams.