GBI Investigating Cook County Shootings - UPDATE

11/9/20 Update - Corby Traylor has turned himself in to the Cook County Jail. Dexter Simmons is still wanted.

Update:

Correction: Damian Cayo’s last name was listed as Cato in the original press release.

Damian Cayo has been arrested and charged with one count of Aggravated Assault and one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Cayo has been transported to the Cook County Jail. Warrants have been obtained for Dexter Simmons for one count of Aggravated Assault and one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Simmons remains hospitalized. Warrants have also been obtained for Corby Traylor, 38, of Adel, for one count of Aggravated Assault and one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Anyone with information of the whereabouts of Corby Traylor should contact the GBI Douglas Regional Office at (912) 389-4103 or the Adel Police Department at (229) 896-2224.

ORIGINAL RELEASE

Adel, GA (October 24, 2020) – On Saturday, October 24, 2020, the GBI’s Douglas Regional Office received a request from the Adel Police Department to assist with an aggravated assault investigation. At approximately 3:00 a.m., the Adel Police Department responded to the Waffle House on 4th Street in Adel, Cook County, Georgia, in reference to a 911 call of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers found Dexter Simmons, 40, of Adel, suffering from gunshot wounds. While on scene, the officers heard gunshots and were dispatched to 403 N. Oak Street in Adel. Upon arrival, officers found Damian Rashad Cato, 28, of Sparks, Georgia, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Atlanta, GA - UPDATE

11/9/20 UPDATE:

As a result of the Monaco Hookah Lounge shootings that took place on Friday, a total of six persons were shot, with two deceased, not three as initially reported.

Two deceased persons: Dayvon Bennett, aka King Von, 26 of Chicago, and Mark Blakely, 34, of Chicago.

The GBI continues to investigate the use of force involving the officers. APD is investigating the homicides.

ORIGINAL RELEASE:

Atlanta, GA (November 6, 2020) – On Friday, November 6, 2020, at approximately 4 AM, the GBI was requested to investigate an officer involved shooting at the Monaco Hookah Lounge in Atlanta, GA.

The preliminary investigation indicates that Dayvon Bennett, aka King Von, and a group of men left the Opium Nightclub and went to the Monaco Hookah Lounge on 255 Trinity Avenue.  Once there, two men approached the group in the parking lot, and the two groups of men started to argue with each other. The argument quickly escalated to gunfire between the two groups.

GBI Investigating Lenox, Cook County Shootings

Lenox, GA (November 9, 2020) – On Sunday, November 8, 2020, the GBI’s Douglas Regional Office was requested by the Lenox Police Department to assist with a death investigation. As a result, arrest warrants have been secured for Davontae Deandre Brown, 26, for felony aggravated assault and felony murder. Anyone with knowledge of Brown’s whereabouts should contact the GBI Douglas Office at (912) 389-4103 or the Lenox Police Department at (229) 546-3030.

GBI Investigates Death in Social Circle, GA

Social Circle, GA (November 9, 2020) – On Saturday, November 7, 2020, the GBI was requested by the Social Circle Police Department to investigate the death of Seneca Williams, age 43, following an encounter between Williams and officers.

On November 7, 2020, at approximately 2:00 A.M., Social Circle Police Department Officers were investigating an apparent vehicular hit and run incident. Officers approached Williams who they believed was the driver responsible for the hit and run and knew had active arrest warrants. As officers initiated contact with Williams, Williams fled on foot. Officers pursued Williams and deployed a Taser. As officers attempted to take Williams into custody, he failed to follow the officers’ commands and continued to physically resist officers. During the incident, Williams fled the scene on foot and was not seen again by officers.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Gwinnett County

Lilburn, GA (November 7, 2020) – On Saturday, November 7, 2020, the GBI Atlanta Regional Office was requested by the Gwinnett County Police Department to investigate an officer involved shooting.

Ben Hill County Child Molestation Investigation

Ben Hill County, GA (November 4, 2020) – On Tuesday, November 3, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) arrested Malcom Walton, age 18, and Willie Walton, age 20, on charges of sexual contact with a minor.  The two suspects are not related.

On Monday, November 2, 2020, the Ben Hill County Sheriff’s Office requested that the GBI investigate allegations of sexual contact with a minor.  The alleged incident was discovered during the investigation of former Fitzgerald Police Captain Allen Pope.  The GBI Regional Office in Perry, GA initiated an investigation. 

Former Fitzgerald Police Captain Arrested in Child Sexual Exploitation Case

Ben Hill County, GA (November 3, 2020) – On Friday, October 30, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) arrested former Fitzgerald Police Captain Allen E. Pope, age 54, on sexual exploitation of children charges.  Pope was arrested in Fitzgerald, Ben Hill County, Georgia by GBI agents and the Ben Hill County Sheriff’s Office.                                                                    

On Wednesday, October 28, 2020, District Attorney Brad Rigby of the Cordele Judicial Circuit requested that the GBI investigate allegations of sexual exploitation of children occurring in Ben Hill County, Georgia.  The GBI Region

Arrests Made and Seizure of Trafficking Amount of Meth in Rabun Gap, Georgia

Rabun Gap, GA (November 2, 2020) - A month-long investigation was conducted by the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office into distribution of illegal drugs and thefts.

On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office and Rabun County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on 357 Little River Lane, Rabun Gap, Georgia. Upon the execution of the search warrant, a trafficking amount of methamphetamine and other controlled substances were seized.

Franklin County Man Arrested for Sexually Exploiting Children Online

Martin, GA (October 30, 2020) – On Wednesday, October 28, 2020, Franklin County resident, Matthew Daniel Seay, age 36, was taken into custody on arrest warrants originating out of Virginia by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC). The arrest warrants were for the use of communication systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children (victim under the age of 15). The GBI’s CEACC Unit was requested to assist the Harrisonburg Police Department in Virginia with the execution of a search warrant at Seay’s residence in Martin, Georgia, as well as the arrest of Seay on the Virginia arrest warrants.   Seay was discovered to be sexually exploiting multiple juveniles from other states online. The GBI’s Athens Field Office, the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office assisted the GBI CEACC Unit in the search warrant of Seay’s home and Seay’s arrest.

Seay is currently in custody at the Franklin County Jail awaiting extradition to Virginia.

Banks County Man Arrested for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Homer, GA (October 30, 2020) – On Wednesday, October 28, 2020, Banks County resident, David Ball, 70, was 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 Unit (CEACC). An investigation into Ball’s internet activity by the GBI’s CEACC Unit began after a report was received from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) related to the online possession of child pornography by Ball via the internet. This investigation led to a search warrant of Ball’s residence in Banks County, Georgia, and subsequently Ball’s arrest. During an interview with Ball, he claimed to be a retired pastor who had previously worked at Methodist churches throughout the world. The GBI CEACC Unit was assisted in the search warrant of Ball’s home by the GBI Region 11 Athens Office, the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, and the Banks County Sheriff’s Office.