Theft of Prescription Pills Leads to Threat of Kidnapping

On May 24, 2011 at about 10:47 p.m. Bay County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call to 4012 Kirkpatrick Road in Panama City in reference to a call about a person being held hostage at gunpoint.

Deputies arrived to find three women in a vehicle and a man standing in the driveway of the home.

The man identified himself as Brandon Swinney. Deputies secured the scene and began interviewing the woman and Swinney.

Two loaded handguns were found in the vehicle with the three women as well as a stun gun.

The women, Shantel Kyrea Collier, DOB 4/22/90, of 518 Everett Avenue, Crystal Dawn Blakely, DOB 1/29/78, of 518 Everett Avenue, and Lisa Anne Harper, 11/23/80, of 130 Beulah Avenue, were arrested and charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon. Collier also was charged with Possession of Marijuana less than 20 grams.

Subsequent investigation determined the three women had come to the home on Kirkpatrick Road to find Brandon Swinney, the son of Michael Swinney.

The women had brandished handguns and threatened Brandon Swinney, demanding he lead them to his father Michael Swinney.

Investigators believe the women and Michael Swinney recently travelled to the Miami and Tampa areas together to visit pill mills and obtain prescription pain pills.

They were returning to Bay County on May 24th when Michael Swinney pulled the vehicle over in Quincy, Florida, and when the women got out of the car to enter a store, he left them, taking all money and pills in the car and stranding the women.

Investigators believe the women called a friend to come pick them up and return them to Bay County.

Once in Bay County they began looking for Michael Swinney and their stolen items.

BCSO narcotics investigators suspect illegal narcotics are involved and are looking for the fourth subject Michael Swinney for questioning.

Swinney also has an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation.

Anyone with information on the location of Michael Swinney is asked to call the Bay County Sheriff’s Office at 747-4700 or Crime Stoppers at 785-TIPS.

The investigation continues and additional arrests and charges are possible.

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