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Ex-policeman wanted in abduction of S.C. infant, ex-wife

Posted January 4, 2009 11:45 a.m. EST
Updated March 9, 2009 5:11 p.m. EDT

— South Carolina authorities say that a former police officer kidnapped his ex-wife and her infant son at gunpoint in West Columbia late Saturday.

The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division issued an Amber Alert for 7-month-old Allim David Dietz, who was last seen with his mother, Eva Acre-Perez, 29, at 417 N. Lucas St. around 11 p.m.

The SCLED believes that David Dietz, 25, and a white female abducted the mother and child. Dietz fired shots and wore his old, black uniform, with "police" on both sleeves and on the back, during the abduction, officials said

Dietz and the woman fled in two vehicles to unknown destinations.

Allim is Hispanic infant, weighing 20 pounds, with brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a red shirt and red pants.

Acre-Perez is a Hispanic female, standing 5 feet tall and weighing 120 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing blue pants, a black jacket and white shirt.

Dietz is a white man standing 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 198 pounds. He dark blonde hair and brown eyes. Officials warned that he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Late Sunday,  West Columbia Police identified the woman with Dietz as 17-year-old Jamie Lynn Burgess. Authorities said she is about 5-feet tall and 100 pounds with a mix of blonde hair on top and dark hair on both sides, and hazel eyes. She could be wearing a black hooded coat with fur around the hood and blue jeans or a white hooded sweatshirt. She has lip piercings and braces with no wires.

The alleged abductors were driving a silver 2003 Ford Explorer, with S.C. tag 516VTY, and a gold or brown, 2002 Toyota Camry, with S.C. tag ABZ-587.

Dietz had not worked for the West Columbia Police Department, officials said.

Anyone with information should call Capt. Seth Sigler, with the West Columbia police, at 803-794-0721 or 803-739-2662.