SCSO: Arrest made in violent kidnapping


A Griffin man, Steven Mash, is in custody charged with kidnapping his ex-girlfriend.

The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to the incident by Sandra Duffey, the alleged victim’s mother, who became concerned when she was unable to contact her daughter, Melisa Boes.

Deputy C.S. Piper responded to 78 Edwards St., after Duffey reported she had received information that Boes may have been kidnapped by Mash.

According to Duffey, Boes had been attempting to “get away” from Mash and was staying with Richard Goolsby and Jaqueline Sneed at the Edwards Street residence at the time of her alleged abduction.

“Goolsby reported that he believes that Boes was taken against her will due to Boes telling Mash that she didn’t want to go with him as he pushed her into a silver Mitsubishi Eclipse that Mash drove to the location,” Piper reported.

While awaiting the arrival of Criminal Investigation Division investigators, Goolsby reported he had security cameras attached to his residence and that the incident was recorded on his DVR.

In that recording, time at date stamped 1:34 a.m. Sept. 11, Mash is seen walking up the driveway towards the residence and walking around the residence as if he is looking for a way inside the residence, Piper stated.

“Mash begins looking into windows and walking around the residence as if he is waiting on something or someone. At 0159 hours, Boles (sic) is seen coming outside from the rear of the residence,” Piper said. “Over the course of the video you can see Mash punch Boes several times, strike her with a chain which was seen wrapped around his neck and grabs Boes by the hair and drags her in the direction of his car.”

The case was turned over to CID investigators upon their arrival.

A possible location for Mash was obtained and was checked by Investigator Massengale and Sgt. Fuller, who located the silver Mitsubishi Eclipse at the residence at 104 Newton Circle.

Piper moved to the Newton Circle residence, where he established a perimeter around the house.

While awaiting the arrival of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, Mash exited the back door and was taken into custody without further incident.

Mash was transported to the Spalding County Jail where he remains in custody on a charge of kidnapping.

At the time of this incident, Mash was on bond for a prior June 2020 incident. As a condition of that bond, Mash had been ordered to stay away from Boes.

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