​​​​​​​GBI Investigating Houston County Death

Bonaire, GA (April 30, 2021) – On Friday, April 30, 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Houston County Sheriff’s Office to conduct a death investigation.  

Preliminary information indicates that at 7:49 a.m., the Warner Robins Police Department received a call in reference to a domestic dispute on Myers Lake Road. Officers were advised that Jason Pinyan, age 43, of Bonaire, GA, had entered a residence and had a domestic dispute with a male and female at the residence. Pinyan left the residence prior to Warner Robins officers arriving at the residence.

GBI Investigating Murder-Suicide in Jasper & Putnam Counties

Monticello, GA (April 26, 2021) – On Sunday, April 25, 2021, at approximately 9:00 p.m., the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the GBI regarding a murder investigation in Monticello, Georgia. The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office advised Kira Ammons, age 41, of Monticello, GA, was shot multiple times and later died. Witnesses at the scene advised law enforcement that James David Mathis, age 38, of Eatonton, Putnam County, GA, was responsible for Ammons’ death. The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office contacted Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills and advised of the situation. Putnam County deputies responded to Mathis’ home in order to attempt to locate him. Upon arrival, deputies heard gunshots. During this time, a Putnam County deputy’s patrol vehicle was shot by Mathis. Shortly thereafter, Mathis was located outside of his home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  

Clarke County Man Arrested for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Athens, GA (April 26, 2021) – On Thursday, April 15, 2021, Clarke County resident, Kameron Veasey, age 22, was charged with one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Pornography), five counts of Criminal Attempt to commit Sexual Exploitation of Children, and one count of Obscene Internet Contact with a Child by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit. The GBI CEACC Unit began an investigation into Veasey’s online activity after receiving a Cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the online possession of images depicting child pornography. This investigation led to evidence related to the charges brought against Veasey. When criminal charges were brought against Veasey by the GBI, he was incarcerated at the Madison County Jail on criminal charges unrelated to the GBI’s investigation.  

Oglethorpe County Man Arrested for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Lexington, GA (April 26, 2021) – On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, Oglethorpe County resident, James Smith, age 26, was charged with two counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Distribution 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 Smith’s online activity after receiving a Cybertip 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 Smith’s home in Lexington, Oglethorpe County, Georgia, and the subsequent arrest of Smith on April 21, 2021. The GBI CEACC Unit was assisted in the execution of their search warrant by the Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Office and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office.

Madison County Man Arrested for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Colbert, GA (April 26, 2021) – On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, Madison County resident, Bryan Simmons, age 30, was charged with two counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Distribution 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 Simmons’ online activity after receiving a request for assistance from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) regarding the trading of images depicting child pornography by Simmons via the internet. This investigation led to a search warrant at Simmons’ home in Colbert, Madison County, Georgia, and the subsequent arrest of Simmons on April 21, 2021. The GBI CEACC Unit was assisted in the execution of their search warrant by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office.

GBI Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in Clarkston

Clarkston, GA (April 25, 2021) – On Sunday, April 25, 2021, the GBI was requested by the Clarkston Police Department to investigate an officer involved shooting.

GBI Gang Task Force, APD, and HSI Atlanta Investigation Yields Gang Arrests, Stolen Firearms, and Drug Seizure in Fulton County

Fulton County, GA (April 23, 2021) – After a joint investigation of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), the Atlanta Police Department (APD), and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Atlanta, two people have been arrested on various charges:

Byron Gearing, age 42, of Atlanta, Georgia – Charged with trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking cocaine, trafficking marijuana, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (Fulton County Jail).

Joshua Harry Capers, age 42, of Atlanta – Charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and Violations of the Georgia Street Gang Act (DeKalb County Jail).

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Douglasville - UPDATE

UPDATE:

Douglasville, GA (April 21, 2021) - The man involved in this OIS is identified as Dequan Cortez Glenn, 24, of Atlanta. Preliminary autopsy findings are that Glenn’s fatal injury was from a self-inflicted gunshot.

 

ORIGINAL RELEASE:

Douglasville, GA (April 18, 2021) – On Sunday, April 18, 2021, the GBI was requested by the Douglasville Police Department (DPD) to investigate an officer involved shooting.

Franklin County Man Arrested for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Canon, GA (April 21, 2021) – On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, Franklin County resident, Matthew Otis Reidling, age 39, was charged with four counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Pornography) and three counts Sexual Exploitation of Children (Distribution of Child Pornography) by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit. The GBI CEACC Unit began an investigation into Reidling’s online activity after receiving Cybertips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the possession and distribution of numerous images and videos depicting child pornography by Reidling via the internet. This investigation led to a search warrant at Reidling’s home in Canon, Franklin County, Georgia, and the subsequent arrest of Reidling on April 20, 2021. The GBI CEACC Unit was assisted in the execution of their search warrant by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Canon Police Department, and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office.

GBI Arrests Grady County Jailer on Charges of Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes and Violation of Oath by Public Official

Thomasville, GA (April 19, 2021) – On Monday, April 19, 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested Seth Adam Matthews, age 20, of Ochlocknee, GA, for Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes and Violation of Oath by Public Official. Matthews was a jailer at the Grady County Jail at the time of his arrest. Matthews was booked into the Thomas County Jail and has been terminated by the Grady County Sheriff’s Office.  

On Tuesday, April 13, 2021, the GBI was requested by the Grady County Sheriff’s Office to assist in an investigation involving allegations of inappropriate contact between Matthews and an underage girl on a social media site.