Man accused of holding 5 people hostage in Fairfield turns himself in to authorities


Aritonio Lawrence Bell

By WBRC Staff

30-year-old Antonio Lawrence has turned himself in after Jefferson County Deputies say was involved in holding five people against their will.

On Thursday, January 2, at 10:19a.m., a woman called 911 to report she had been held against her will at a house in the 6700 block of Terrace Court in Fairfield.

Jefferson County detectives responded to the scene and determined there were five people held against their will from approximately 6:00p.m. on Wednesday January 1, until the man released them at daybreak January 2.

The victims said the man held them at gunpoint, forced them to remove their clothing and then handcuffed some of them together.

The man is a relative of one of the people who was held hostage.

Investigators say the man may have been angry with members of the household for financial reasons.

Bell is being held at the Jefferson County jail in Bessemer. He is charged with kidnapping and assault 1st degree with bonds totaling $90,000. Additional charges are pending for each additional victim.