On Friday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Marshals Service were attempting to serve administrative immigration paperwork on a person at the King’s Court Motel in Ridgeway. The person who the paperwork was being served on was the manager, who was also living in the King’s Court Motel. In attempting to serve the paperwork, he became uncooperative and began to barricade himself inside the motel.
It was discovered that a female was also inside where he barricaded himself and she was in distress. The Sheriff’s Office also received a secondary call that the female was being held hostage inside the motel. Members of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, including the SWAT team and negotiators responded to the scene. At times the suspect would come to the window and make minimal communication, but despite requests, the male would not come out. Later, the female came to the window and indicated she was scared and he would not let her come outside. As the SWAT team was preparing to make entry, the female was able to run out to safety.
Negotiators made repeated attempts, through a variety of methods to contact the suspect for approximately four-and-a-half hours. The suspect refused to communicate with them. After obtaining an arrest warrant for abduction and a search warrant, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team entered the motel. Several large dogs were encountered inside the motel and safely removed. Shortly thereafter the suspect was taken into custody without further incident.
Ravindra H. Patel, 50, of Ridgeway, was arrested and faces a felony abduction charge and a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice. He is currently being held in the Henry County Jail without bond.