High-speeder Herd charged with kidnapping, other crimes

Steve Chapman


Billings resident allegedly abducted, struck woman in Republic, resists arrest by law enforcement
A convicted sex offender residing in Billings was taken into custody after he allegedly abducted a woman in Republic and drove her to Dallas County, while also striking her. Garrett Herd, 24, is charged with first degree kidnapping, third degree domestic assault, resisting a lawful stop and resisting arrest.
Herd allegedly led deputy sheriff’s on high speed chase
According to the probable cause statement in the case, on April 30, Greene County 911 received a call from a man who said he saw Herd driving a vehicle belonging to the victim, and that Herd was striking the woman as they were driving. The man said this continued until Greene County deputy sheriffs located the vehicle on U.S. 65.
The deputies attempted a traffic stop, but Herd allegedly refused to stop and accelerated the vehicle to speeds of about 100 miles per hour. When he allegedly turned onto I-44 and began driving west, the pursuit was stopped due to safety concerns.
Eventually, the victim was able to separate from Herd in Buffalo, while he was in a convenience store paying for gas; she drove to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office to report what had happened.
Woman said Herd abducted her, hit her
The woman said she was driving in Republic when she saw Herd and tried to hide from him, but he saw her and walked up to her vehicle. She said she opened her vehicle to him, and he got inside, forced her to move into the passenger seat and sat in the driver’s seat. The woman said Herd drove around Republic for a while, telling her that she was his (redacted), and asked her to “stay with him” and help him with his warrants.
The woman also said that Herd took her cell phone, saw texts from another person and became upset and started hitting her. She said she believed that the only way to escape the situation was to tell Herd what he wanted to hear.
The victim said that, after escaping from Herd, she received a text message from an unknown number; the person sending the text claimed to be from a Cpl. Evans of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and threatened her with being charged with harboring a fugitive if she knew Herd’s whereabouts. A detective with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office said that he checked with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and found there was no Cpl. Evans employed there; it was believed that Herd sent the text.
Herd captured in Fair Grove
Dallas County deputy sheriffs spotted Herd walking south on U.S. 65 towards Greene County, but reportedly ran into the wood when they tried to speak with him. He was later seen getting into a truck heading towards Greene County.
The truck was located in Fair Grove by Greene County deputy sheriffs. After Herd got out, he allegedly ran a third of a mile from the deputies before being taken into custody.
Herd remains in the Greene County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond. He will next appear in court on Friday, June 7, for a preliminary hearing. He is charged as a prior and persistent offender; according to the criminal complaint against him, Herd was found guilty on Feb. 8, 2019 of third degree child molestation and distribution of a controlled substance.


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