SC deputies search for man, woman after kidnapping hoax leads to 2 men being shot

Freda Lambert-Smith

Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office deputies are still searching for a man and a woman after what was described as a kidnapping hoax that led to two men being shot.

Lyn Lambert-Smith was last seen getting into a 2001 Jeep Wrangler with Victory Hartley at a Waffle House at Highway 176 and Interstate 85 on December 4. That followed the incident where two men were shot at The Villas apartment complex on Fork Creek Road near Asheville Highway.

Victory Hartley
Victory Hartley

Investigators say Lambert-Smith hired the two shooting victims to help her move, but then told the men she wanted them to help her play a prank on her boyfriend. We’re told she took the two men to the home of who was actually her former boyfriend.

When the men tried to carry out the prank – by attempting to force the man into a U-Haul – he pulled a gun and shot them. 7 NEWS learned both men will recover from their injuries.

Lambert-Smith left the area of the shooting and was seen getting into the Jeep with Hartley at that Waffle House.

The sheriff’s office released new photos on Thursday of Hartley and that Jeep. It has a South Carolina “In God We Trust” license tag 3389 FV.

Courtesy Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office
Courtesy Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office

Deputies also discovered Hartley is now wanted on a warrant from Buncombe County North Carolina Probation and Parole for leaving that state last week without permission from his agent.

Hartley has a history of stealing cars and not stopping for law enforcement according to Spartanburg County investigators.

Lambert-Smith is the same woman who the sheriff’s office says shot her ex-boyfriend in September on Kaleigh Drive in Greer. She was arrested and charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

The December 4 incident has led to Lambert-Smith being charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

Deputies also say Lambert-Smith normally appears as a brunette, but she dyes her hair blonde.

Courtesy Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office
Courtesy Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office

Lambert-Smith is considered to be armed and dangerous. If you have any information on where Lambert-smith or Hartley can be found, call 911 or the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.

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