Residents of Honeydew Honored for Helping Capture Fleeing Felony Suspect and for Protecting Their Community
Samantha Karges, a spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, explained that the three–Nikki Eisenhower, Sissy Honey Darling, and Teresa Davey–“aided in the apprehension of an attempted homicide suspect.”
The pursuit had begun a little before 4 p.m. on April 4 when Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to serve a felony warrant on 27-year-old Cortez Lamont Little wanted in Tennessee for attempted murder and kidnapping.
He fled in a white Jeep Compass rental car. They pursued him and his two passengers. Eventually, the pursuit headed south on Hwy 101.
The fleeing suspect took his vehicle at speeds over 100 mph while CHP and Humboldt County deputies chased him. Near Redcrest, law enforcement attempted to set out a spike strip but he evaded it and continued south. Several times spike strips were set out but each time Little avoided them. Little eventually left 101 and sped out the narrow, winding Bull Creek Road which soon becomes the Mattole Road. This leads right to the very rural and very small town of Honeydew (Population: 99)According to Karges, “Nikki works at the [Honeydew] store and the Sheriff actually called down to the store to warn them that a pursuit was on the way. They had a bookmobile in town so there were a lot of people.” Karges explained, “Nikki started warning people that this pursuit was coming.”
Once, Nikki’s fellow resident, Teresa Davey, realized the pursuit was headed down Mattole Road, Karges said she stationed herself near the one-lane bridge and “told people not to head out that way because a pursuit was coming and it could be dangerous…She kept people informed.”
When Sissy Honey Darling heard, she prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice–She pulled her PT Cruiser across the bridge and parked it at the far end blocking the entrance. Karges said, “We would never encourage someone to do that, but…it did stop the pursuit and it was very brave.”
Below is the video Teresa Davey took as the suspect’s vehicle tries to flip around to avoid the Cruiser and is forced to stop by the number of officers following him. At one point, Darling attempts to head over the bridge to her car before law enforcement has secured the suspect and his passengers, but locals call her back. Darling’s saunter as she casually returns is the most nonchalant walk you will ever see.
“You did it,” one person says, “Honeydew saved the day.”
Another person describes seeing “15 cop cars on the other side of the bridge.” Whether that is hyperbole or truth, the Honeydew crowd was delighted.
Later, Davey captured footage of a suspect being taken into custody.
According to News 2 WKRN.com based in Tennessee, the suspect Cortez Little was wanted for kidnapping as well as attempted murder,
The U.S. Marshals Office said two men abducted another man from the Speedway on Gallatin Pike in East Nashville in November 2016.
The three left the gas station in the victim’s car…and drove him to a wooded area off Fly Lane in Williamson County.
“The victim says that he believed he was to be executed,” Deputy U.S. Marshal Robin Romaniuk told News 2.
As the victim somehow got away from his captors, investigators said Little told his accomplice to shoot the victim.
“He was shot at,” Romaniuk said. “He made it to a neighbor’s home safely.”
Little is still in the Humboldt County jail awaiting extradition to Tennessee. However, according to WKRN, he is now facing “additional charges of felony evading, marijuana possession, reckless driving and driving the wrong way on a divided highway.”
And, while Little is in jail, three citizens of Honeydew have a story to tell about how they helped capture a desperate man who had been leading law enforcement on a wild pursuit headed towards their town.
Thank you, Nikki Eisenhower, Sissy Honey Darling, and Teresa Davey!Earlier Chapters:
- Law Enforcement Pursued Homicide Suspect on 101 out to Wilder Ridge Road at Speeds in Excess of 100 MPH; Three Detained
- Attempted Homicide Suspect Wanted in Tennessee Nabbed Near Honeydew