Probation Officer arrested after fleeing State of Georgia

April 27, 2011

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Georgia Department of Corrections Probation Officer on charges related to his relationship with a female that was currently serving a probation sentence. Probation Officer JAMES JOHN TOHAL, 31, of Senoia was arrested Tuesday evening by the Meridian Police Department in Meridian, Mississippi.

The GBI Region 2 office in Columbus initiated an investigation on Tuesday morning at the request of Heard County Sheriff Ross Henry. A female probationer reported that she has been involved in an intimate relationship with her previous probation officer, TOHAL, for several months. During the Easter weekend, TOHAL reportedly assaulted the female probationer with a knife at a residence in Franklin, Georgia.

GBI Agents subsequently traveled to the Newnan probation office to interview TOHAL regarding the allegations by the female probationer. During a meeting between TOHAL and his supervisor, TOHAL grabbed his service weapon from his desk, fled from his office and left the Newnan area in his personal vehicle. Agents and area law enforcement pursued TOHAL but were unable to locate him or his vehicle. A statewide/ nationwide lookout was broadcasted for TOHAL and his vehicle.

After several hours of investigate acts and multiple communications between the GBI and TOHAL, TOHAL’s location was established in the area of Meridian, Mississippi. The GBI notified the Meridian Police Department of TOHAL’s probable location and he was taken into custody by Meridian Police without incident at a local restaurant in Meridian. TOHAL is currently in the custody of Meridian Police and awaiting extradition back to Georgia on the charges of Violation of Oath of Office and Aggravated Assault.

The following agencies assisted in the apprehension of and search for TOHAL: Heard County Sheriff’s Office, Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, Newnan Police Department and the Georgia Department of Corrections Probation Office.

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Contact Information: 
Special Agent in Charge Rodney J. Wall - 706-565-7888
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