Mom, 1 son charged, second son sought in Ozark kidnapping, robbery

Published: Sep. 6, 2016 at 5:34 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 6, 2016 at 10:53 PM CDT
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OZARK, AL (WSFA) - Ozark police are searching for 32-year-old Tavara Gissendanner, accused of armed robbery, assault, and kidnapping. Police have already arrested and charged his mother, Linda Carter, 53, and brother, Travis Gissendanner, 35, on related charges.

The incident happened at the Waffle House on Hwy. 231 in Ozark early Sunday morning. The victim and Carter, who according to investigators was the victim's live-in girlfriend went to get food. When they arrived two of Carter's sons held the victim at gunpoint and forced him into their vehicle. Carter got in the other vehicle, and both vehicles drove off.

According to the victim, he was taken to an undisclosed location where he was beaten and robbed. Later, he was taken to Dale Medical Center with head injuries.

"We conducted several interviews, obtained statements and surveillance footage, which subsequently led to the arrest of Linda Carter and Travis Gissendanner," said Ozark Police Lt. Michael Bryan.

Investigators are working with Dothan police and neighboring agencies to help locate and arrest the third suspect.

The victim has since been released from the hospital.

Carter and her son, Travis, are both charged with kidnapping and robbery. Travis is facing an additional assault charge, and Tavara is wanted on all three charges.

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