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 45-year-old victim, 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 says 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.
A website for the Unveiling Glory In Worship Ministries in Greenville lists Frederick Best and Joseph Carroll as pastors. Chief Barry Stanley confirms that suspect Frederick Best is indeed the local pastor.
Edgecombe County officials say 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 says, “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 says the victim did not show any signs of mental illness. He says the victim was clear on dates and times as well as other parts of the investigation.
Best did not respond to media sources seeking comments.
All three suspects have bonded out of jail.
The case remains under investigation and further charges may be pending.
The full post by Dr. Frederick R. Best reads:
To all of my Facebook family and friends, I will be brief due to the nature of the ongoing investigation.
I want it to be known that me and my family are not at all angry with the Ayden Police Department and its members. We understand they have a job to do. My family and I are not at all angry with my uncle, who suffers from mental illness, and is the original source of the allegations. We, like many other families, have had to grapple with the rigors of caring for a loved one in this state, oftentimes with little to no support.
Unfortunately we have a mental health system that has not only let him down, but me and my family as well. 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.
All those who have a praying relationship with the Lord, please pray for me and my family as we try our best and do the right thing for our uncle. We are strong and will get through this by the grace of God.