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Terrell County, GA (June 7, 2021) – On Tuesday, June 1, 2021, Decarlo Shadon Williams, age 42, of Terrell County, Georgia was arrested and charged with one count of trafficking cocaine.
On Friday, May 28, 2021, an investigation leading to Williams’ arrest began when the GBI Southwestern Regional Drug Enforcement Office received information that large quantities of cocaine were being distributed in Dawson, Terrell County, Georgia. The GBI, assisted by the Dawson Police Department and the Terrell County Sheriff’s Office, pursued the information which resulted in the issuance of several search warrants during the course of the investigation.
On Tuesday, June 1, 2021, the GBI executed three search warrants in Dawson and Terrell counties. Williams was found with approximately one kilogram of suspected cocaine and taken into custody.
UPDATE: The deceased victim in this case has been identified as Justin Yeng Xiong, age 29, of Eatonton, GA.
Devereux, GA (June 6, 2021) – On Saturday, June 5, 2021, the GBI obtained an arrest warrant for Christopher Collin Demmon, age 33. Demmon is charged with Malice Murder in connection to the death of a person found deceased in Hancock County on Friday, June 4, 2021. Demmon is currently in police custody in Aiken County, SC and will be transported to Hancock County.
Griffin, GA (June 5, 2021) – On Saturday, June 5, 2021, at approximately 2:45 A.M., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Lovejoy Police Department to investigate an officer involved shooting.
Remerton, GA (June 5, 2021) – On Friday, June 4, 2021, Shaniya Brooks, 19, of Valdosta, was driving a white Nissan Altima when she was stopped for speeding on I-75 northbound in Cook County, Georgia by Cook County Sheriff’s Office Deputies. Ronald Welsh, 20, of Valdosta, was a passenger in the car. Welsh was arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of Sherrod Gore, 23, and Jamar Walton, 21. Welsh has been charged with two counts of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Welsh will be returned to Lowndes County where he will be booked on the above charges. Brooks was arrested for the offense of hindering the apprehension of a fugitive.
The GBI has obtained an arrest warrant for Felony Murder for Oscar James Bethune, Jr., age 19, of Union Point, GA. Bethune is wanted in connection with the murder of Thomas Griffin in Greensboro, GA on Wednesday, June 2.
On Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at approximately 12:00 p.m., the GBI was requested by the Greensboro Police Department to assist with a death investigation. At approximately 11:51 a.m., the Greene County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a 911 call regarding a male who had been shot on Chapel Street in Greensboro, GA. Greensboro police officers and Greene County deputies responded to the area and upon arrival, they discovered Thomas Griffin, age 56, of Union Point, GA deceased from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds.
Talbotton, GA (June 3, 2021) – The GBI and Talbot County Sheriff’s Office have arrested Melissa Thompson, 50, of Atlanta, GA, on one count of felony theft by deception, one count of theft by taking, one count of exploitation and intimidation of elder persons, five counts of identity fraud, and five counts of financial transaction card fraud.
Ball Ground, GA (June 2, 2021) – On Tuesday, June 1, 2021, Frederick Austin Homonek, age 33, was arrested and charged with four counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Pornography) by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit. The GBI CEACC Unit began an investigation into Homonek’s online activity after receiving a Cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the online possession and distribution of images depicting child pornography. This investigation led to a search warrant at Homonek’s home and to the subsequent arrest of Homonek.
Homonek was booked into the Pickens County Jail upon his arrest.
Ray City, GA (June 2, 2021) – On Tuesday, June 1, 2021, the GBI received a request from the Ray City Police Department to conduct an officer involved shooting investigation.
Preliminary information indicates that on June 1, 2020, at approximately 6:45 p.m., two officers with the Ray City Police Department responded to the 100 block of Pauline Avenue to conduct a wellness check. Once on scene, the officers met a man with a knife, who has been identified as Donald Myers, age 48. Myers approached the officers with the knife, and the officers shot Myers. Officers administered first aid until EMS arrived. Myers was transported to the South Georgia Medical Center, Valdosta campus, where he died. Myers’ body will be taken to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.
Moultrie, GA (May 27, 2021) – On Thursday, May 20, 2021, Chadwick Demetrix Pittman, age 30, of a Blossom Court address in Moultrie was arrested and charged with ten counts of Exploitation of a Disabled Adult.
The GBI Region 9 Field Office, the GBI Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEAT) Unit, the Moultrie Police Department, and the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office executed search warrants at multiple addresses in Moultrie, Georgia the previous day, May 19, 2021. With the assistance of personnel from the Temporary Emergency Respite Funds (TERF), Georgia Pines, Benchmark, Colquitt County EMS, and the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health, ten disabled adults were removed from these addresses and placed in locations where they could get the appropriate level of care they needed.
The GBI was originally requested to assist with an investigation on November 12, 2020, by the Moultrie Police Department regarding an elder abuse case of an individual who resided at 1212 7th Avenue Southwest in Moultrie, Georgia. During the investigation, it was also determined that the residence of 1212 7th Avenue SW, along with residences located at 2916 Sylvester Drive, and 3445 Sylvester Drive in Moultrie were also being operated by Chadwick Demetrix Pittman, as unlicensed personal care homes. The case remains active and is ongoing.
UPDATE: On Friday, May 21, 2021, Justin Ray Green, age 39, was arrested by the Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force without incident. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was previously requested to investigate an officer involved shooting involving Green that occurred on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Neither officers nor Green were injured in the original incident or subsequent arrest.
The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting at the request of the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office.
Preliminary information indicates that on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at approximately 8:50 p.m., deputies were called to 137 Mountain View Rd SE Acworth, GA, about locating Justin Ray Green, 39, who was living in an outside building on the property.
Green was reportedly intoxicated and discharging a firearm at the time of the 911 call. When deputies arrived, they saw Green in the backyard of the property. Green fired multiple shots at deputies and ran into the wooded area behind the residence. Both Green and deputies exchanged gunfire during the incident. A perimeter was established, but Green was not located by deputies.