GBI Charges Three People with Murder after Suspicious Fire in Sylvania, GA

Sylvania, GA (August 19, 2022) - The GBI has charged three people with murder and other charges following a suspicious fire in Sylvania, GA that left one person dead.  Another person was also charged in this case. 

Clayton County Man Charged with the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Riverdale, GA (August 22, 2022) – On Friday, August 19, 2022, Marco Mendoza Escalante, age 24, of Clayton County, Georgia, was arrested on 3 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit. The GBI CEACC Unit began an investigation into Escalante’s online activity after receiving a Cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the possible online possession of child sexual abuse material.  This investigation led to a search warrant of Escalante’s home and his subsequent criminal charges. The GBI CEACC unit was aided in the search warrant execution of Escalante’s home and in the arrest of Escalante by the Clayton County Police Department and the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office. 

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA (August 21, 2022) - The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Atlanta Police Department (APD) asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on August 20, 2022.  One man was injured and taken to a local hospital.  No officers were injured.  

Mitchell County Man Arrested in Decatur County Child Molestation and Exploitation Case

Decatur County, GA (August 20, 2022) – Christopher Troendle, age 37, of Camilla, Mitchell County, GA, was arrested on August 17, 2022, for one count child molestation and one count child exploitation regarding computer/electronic pornography. Troendle was booked into the Decatur County Jail.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Douglas County

Douglasville, GA (August 19, 2022) – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting an officer involved shooting investigation in Douglasville, GA. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office requested the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Thursday, August 18, 2022. One man was injured and taken to a local hospital. No officers were injured.

GBI Arrests Juvenile Correctional Officer in Waycross RYDC Death Investigation

Waycross, GA (August 18, 2022) - A juvenile complaint for involuntary manslaughter has been secured for the juvenile involved in the fight that resulted in the death of another juvenile on August 9, 2022.

 

Waycross, GA (August 16, 2022) – The GBI has arrested Thomas Lee Hicks, age 30, of Waycross, GA and charged him with one count of murder in the 2nd degree, two counts of cruelty to children in the 2nd degree, and one count of violation of oath of office.  Hicks was a juvenile correctional officer in the Waycross RYDC.  Information from the GBI investigation revealed that Hicks allowed juveniles to participate in a fight game in his presence.  Hicks was arrested this evening, August 16, 2022, and booked into the Ware County Jail.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Albany

Albany, GA (August 18, 2022) – The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Albany, GA. The Albany Police Department requested the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on August 17, 2022. No one was injured during this incident.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in LaGrange

LaGrange, GA (August 18, 2022) – The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in LaGrange, GA. The LaGrange Police Department requested the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Tuesday, August 17, 2022. One man was shot, and a woman was injured. No officers were injured.

GBI Makes Arrest in Cedartown Shooting Investigation

Cedartown, GA (August 17, 2022) – The Cedartown Police Department and the GBI arrested Randy McClarity, Sr., age 57, of Cedartown, and charged him with murder, malice murder, and three counts of aggravated assault on Tuesday, August 16, 2022.

GBI Makes Arrest in Forgery Investigation

Lavonia, GA (August 16, 2022) – The GBI has arrested and charged Gabrielle Beutler, age 31, of Bowersville, GA, with one count of forgery, two counts of distributing false IDs, and two counts of misrepresentation of veteran status.