Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Thursday the 28th day of January 2016 the Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received an “Amber Alert” at 1:30 p.m. regarding two children being unlawfully taken and believed to be in danger from the St. Petersburg Florida Police Department. The alert further detailed that the children were believed to be in the custody of Gigi Sandu and further provided a possible description of the vehicle, occupants and Florida License plate number.
At 3:13 p.m. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received relayed information from St. Petersburg Police Department that a possible siting of the vehicle was made on I-10 West bound in Suwannee County. Madison County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were further alerted of the possible siting and patrolled the area for an attempt to locate. A second “Amber Alert” was received via Cell Phone at 4:00 p.m. and simultaneously witnesses that received the cell phone alert were standing beside the suspect vehicle. The witnesses were guest of a local motel (Deerwood Inn 157 SW Old St. Augustine Road) and immediately recognized the vehicle to match that of the alert. At 4:00 p.m. the witnesses notified the Madison Sheriff’s Office Communications Center confirming the vehicles presence at the Deerwood Inn. Deputy Goldman, present in the area, immediately responded with Sgt. Stout and Deputy Dewey.
Upon arrival, the Deputies were directed to a motel room at which the suspect and missing children were believed to be in. Deputies knocked and the suspect opened the door holding one of the children and immediately turned around with the deputies following. The suspect was immediately taken into custody without incident and the children were safely turned over to the Florida Department of Children and Family.
The suspect was identified and charged as following:
Gigi Sandhu (aka: Gigi Ulrich-Woodard), W/F, DOB: 02/27/1969
of St. Petersburg Florida
1. St. Petersburg Police Department Warrant for interfering with Child Custody