GBI Seeking Information in 2003 & 2011 Unsolved Rape Investigations

Moultrie, GA (May 29, 2020) – The GBI is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in two unsolved rape investigations that occurred eight years apart in Moultrie, GA. It is believed the two assaults were committed by the same suspect.

GBI Assists in Butts County Death Investigation

Newton County, GA (May 29, 2020) – On Friday, May 29, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office to assist in a death investigation in Butts County.

Preliminary information indicates that on Thursday night, May 28, 2020, Newton County deputies initiated a traffic stop.  A vehicle pursuit ensued that led them to Hickory Point Drive in Jackson, Butts County, GA.  Gavin Campbell, age 19, of Covington, exited the vehicle and fled on foot into Jackson Lake.  Officers pursued Campbell, dove into the lake, and attempted to rescue him.  The Georgia State Patrol, Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Butts County Sheriff’s Office, Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, and Butts County Fire and Rescue Dive Team attempted to locate him last night, but rescue efforts were not successful.

GBI Investigates Alamo Shooting and Death - UPDATE

UPDATE:

Alamo, GA (May 28, 2020) - On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, the following individuals were arrested in connection with this investigation.

Turner Logan Flint, age 20, of McRae-Helena, Georgia

Jaquaves Hooks, age 25, of Alamo, Georgia

Cory McRae, age 21, of McRae-Helena, Georgia

All three individuals have been charged with Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault (4 counts each), and Violation of Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act (2 counts each). Flint, Hooks, and McRae were all arrested without incident and booked into the Wheeler County Jail. 

ORIGINAL RELEASE

Anyone with information regarding this investigation, please call the GBI Tip Line at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477).

Alamo, GA (May 24, 2020) – On Sunday, May 24, 2020, at approximately 2:10 a.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Eastman office was requested by the Alamo Police Department to conduct an investigation into a shooting that occurred on Bluebird Lane in Alamo, Wheeler County, GA. A large party was held at the residence of 4 Bluebird Lane to celebrate a high school graduation. While at the party, multiple individuals exchanged gunfire. Ronesta Kotoya Williams, 42, of Alamo, was shot and killed during this incident. Two other individuals were shot during this incident. Michael Waddell, 26, of McRae, is listed in critical condition and India Harris, 18, of Alamo, received a non-life threatening gunshot wound and is currently receiving medical treatment. No arrests have been made at this time.

Bartow County Man Arrested for Child Sexual Exploitation

Cartersville, GA (May 28, 2020) – On Thursday, May 28, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC) assisted the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations in the execution of a search warrant at the residence of Preston Nichols, 55, of Cartersville, GA. Nichols was arrested and charged with Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography by the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Forsyth - UPDATE

UPDATE:

Forsyth, GA (May 27, 2020) – On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, GBI Agents arrested Deon Damon Bowden, 27, for his role in the incidents leading up to, and including, the officer involved shooting that involved Forsyth Police Department officers and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies on May 16, 2020. Bowden has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, aggravated cruelty to animals, battery, and battery family violence. Bowden is being held at the Monroe County Jail.

 

ORIGINAL RELEASE

Forsyth, GA (May 17, 2020) – On Saturday, May 16, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region Six Office was requested by the Forsyth Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer involved shooting. 

Child Sexual Exploitation Investigation Leads to Arrest in Savannah

Savannah, GA (May 27, 2020) – On Friday, May 22, 2020, agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit, assisted the Savannah Police Department's Special Victims Unit and active members of the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in the execution of a search warrant at the residence of Phillip Ryan Smart, 31, in Savannah, Chatham County, GA.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA (May 26, 2020) – On Monday, May 25, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Atlanta Police Department (APD) to investigate an officer involved shooting.

Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 5:50 p.m., APD officers responded to shots fired in the area of Parkway Drive and Wabash Avenue in Atlanta. APD officers located a white SUV that was believed to be involved in the shots fired call. The white SUV came to a stop on Highland Avenue near Jackson Street. Four male subjects exited the vehicle. One of the subjects exited the vehicle with a firearm. APD officers fired several shots during the incident, striking one of the male subjects, identified as Reginald Carter, 30, of Conley. After a brief chase, Reginald Carter and two other subjects, identified as Demonte Thomas, 29, of Jonesboro, and Artez Carter, 24, of Atlanta, were apprehended and taken into custody by APD. A firearm was recovered from the scene. The fourth subject fled the area and his current whereabouts are unknown.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in DeKalb County

Update: The subject has been identified as Kenneth Anthony Howard, age 62, of Decatur, GA.  He is expected to recover from his injuries.  Yesterday, the DeKalb County Police Department issued warrants for his arrest on a charge of aggravated assault on a peace officer.

DeKalb County, GA (May 24, 2020) – On Sunday, May 24, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the DeKalb County Police Department (DKPD) to investigate an officer involved shooting. 

 

 

GBI Investigates Double Homicide in Rome, GA

May 22, 2020 Update:

On May 21, 2020, Desmond Lavonta Brown, age 28, was rearrested by the GBI for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of marijuana of less than an ounce. This arrest comes after also being arrested on May 20, 2020 in Bartow County by the U.S. Marshals Service & the Bartow/Cartersville Drug Task Force for possession of over an ounce of marijuana.  He currently remains in custody in Floyd County Jail.

The victim’s (Vanita Richardson) vehicle has not been located.  Anyone with information pertaining to this case should contact the GBI tipline at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477).
 

May 20, 2020 Update:

The following individuals have been arrested in connection with the double homicide investigation in Rome, GA:

Arrested 5/18/20: Desmond Lavonta Brown, age 28, charge - misdemeanor obstruction of a police officer.

Arrested 5/19/20: Devin Lashawn Watts, age 36, charges - theft of receiving stolen property; possession of  a firearm by convicted felon.  

These arrests were the results of search warrants executed on apartments and vehicles based on leads that were developed and tips received from the GBI Tip Line.  This investigation remains active and ongoing.  Anyone with information pertaining to this this case is urged to contact the GBI at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477).

 

 

Ahmaud Arbery Murder Investigation

May 21st Update:

On May 21, 2020, the GBI arrested William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., age 50, on charges of Felony Murder & Criminal Attempt to Commit False Imprisonment.  These charges stem from the February 23, 2020 incident that resulted in the death of Ahmaud Arbery. He will be booked into the Glynn County Jail. 

This case is being investigated in partnership with District Attorney Joyette Holmes of the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office. 
 

May 20th Update:

On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at approximately 6:39 PM, GBI agents executed a search warrant at the home of Gregory & Travis McMichael. This investigative act is part of the Ahmaud Arbery murder investigation. No further details are being released at this time due to the active and ongoing case.