Mitchell County Man Arrested for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Pelham, GA (May 7, 2021) – On Thursday, May 6, 2021, Pelham County resident, Leon Robert Tinsley III, age 45, was charged with one count 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 Tinsley’s online activity after receiving Cybertips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the online possession of images depicting child pornography. This investigation led to a search warrant at Tinsley’s home in Pelham, Mitchell County, Georgia, and the subsequent arrest of Tinsley on May 6, 2021. The GBI CEACC Unit was assisted in the execution of their search warrant by the Pelham Police Department and the GBI Thomasville Regional Field Office.

Arrest in Johnson County Homicide Investigation

(Johnson County, GA – May 7, 2021) - On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, the GBI secured arrest warrants for Daniel Payton Brinson, age 22, of Harrison, Washington County, Georgia for two counts of malice murder. The charges stem from the murders of Destiney Hope Kight and Charlie Jaylon Garrett. The investigation revealed that Brinson was a known associate of Garrett. 

GBI Conducts Murder Investigation in Butts County

Jackson, GA (May 5, 2021) –  On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, the Jackson Police Department and the GBI arrested Justin Tyler Davenport, age 22, of Jackson and charged him with Murder.  Davenport was booked into the Butts County Detention Center. 

On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at approximately 7:00 p.m., the GBI was requested by the Jackson Police Department to assist with a murder investigation. At approximately 6:09 p.m., the Butts County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a 911 call regarding a person who was shot and not breathing in the Ingles parking lot in Jackson, Georgia.  Deputies responded to the area and discovered Terry Don Crawford, age 47, of Jackson, deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.

Enhanced Law Enforcement Agency Collaboration through the Georgia Terrorism Intelligence Project

Last month, law enforcement agencies from across Georgia participated in the annual Georgia Terrorism Intelligence Project (GTIP) training at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia, co-hosted by the Athens Clarke County Police Department. GBI Director Vic Reynolds addressed participants thanking them for their service and participation in the program which promotes partnership, collaboration and information sharing. The training had representation from 18 state and local law enforcement agencies and featured presentations and panel discussions concerning the domestic extremist threat.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Camden County

Woodbine, GA (May 4, 2021) - On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, the GBI was requested by the Camden County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer involved shooting.

Preliminary investigation reveals that at approximately 4:51 a.m., the Camden County Sheriff’s Office was executing a drug related search warrant in the 12000 block of U.S. Highway 17 in Woodbine, GA. Law enforcement knocked and announced themselves before making entry into the residence. Upon entry, there was an exchange of gunfire between the occupants of the residence, identified as Varshawn Lamont Brown, age 46, and Latoya Denise James, age 37, and law enforcement. During the incident, Brown was injured and transported to the hospital. James was shot and died at the scene.

The GBI will conduct an independent investigation. Once completed, it will be turned over to the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.

GBI Investigating Houston County Deaths

Centerville, GA (May 4, 2021) – On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Centerville Police Department to conduct a death investigation.   

Preliminary information indicates that at 8:52 a.m., the Centerville Police Department received a call in reference to a person being shot. The caller was identified as Timothy Price, age 41, of Byron, Georgia. Price reported that he had shot his wife and needed help. Price’s wife was identified as Katherine Price, age 36, of Warner Robins, Georgia. When officers arrived on scene at 100 Arbor Creek, Centerville, Houston County, Georgia, they attempted to make contact with someone inside the residence, but they did not get a response. The Centerville Police Department then requested Houston County Special Response Team (SRT) for assistance. After several attempts were made to communicate with Timothy Price, SRT entered the home and found Timothy and Katherine Price both deceased from gunshot wounds.

Gwinnett County Man Arrested for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Lawrenceville, GA (May 3, 2021) – On Friday, April 30, 2021, Gwinnett County resident, Travis Clark, age 24, was charged with five counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Pornography) and Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit. Clark was also charged with two counts of Manufacturing and Possession of Marijuana on this same date by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office. The GBI CEACC Unit began an investigation into Clark’s online activity after receiving a Cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the online possession and dissemination of images depicting child sexual abuse material. This investigation led to contact with Clark at his home and a subsequent search warrant at that home in Lawrenceville, Georgia, on April 30, 2021. With the assistance of the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, a search of Clark’s residence was conducted resulting in the discovery of marijuana being grown at the residence and content depicting the sexual exploitation of children. Another occupant of the residence, Keith Whitaker, was also charged with two counts of Manufacturing and Possession of Marijuana by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office.

Shooting Investigation in Lee County

We need your help locating the people driving these 2 vehicles connected to a shooting in Lee County that occurred today at approximately 3:50 a.m.  The GBI and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident that happened at 109 Stapleton Drive.  The early investigation has revealed that multiple cars in a subdivision north of Stapleton Drive were broken into.  Following the break-ins, a homeowner’s security cameras alerted him that someone was at his car.  The homeowner stepped outside and was shot multiple times by suspects.  He was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the GBI at 229-931-2439 or the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 229-759-6012. Tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app

GBI Conducts Homicide Investigation in Barrow County

On Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 1:00 a.m., the GBI Regional Investigative Office in Athens was requested by the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office to assist with a death investigation. Barrow County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call of a potential road rage incident. The incident was located on the westbound side of GA Highway 316 near its intersection with Jackson Trail Road. Upon their arrival, they discovered two men had been shot.

Ketravian Tyvon Cole, 20, of Athens, was pronounced dead on the scene from apparent gunshot wounds. Another Athens man was injured by gunfire and taken to a nearby hospital. Preliminary information indicates a dark colored sedan, unknown make and model, pulled up beside the victims' vehicle and opened fire.  There were no descriptions of suspects. 

GBI Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in Bibb County

Macon, GA (April 29, 2021) – On Thursday, April 29, 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office to conduct an officer involved shooting investigation.