Operation Caged Doves Nets 46 RICO and Gang Statute Indictments

After a year-long joint investigation, 46 people have been indicted by the Upson County District Attorney’s Office on the following charges:

92 Counts of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act

59 Counts of Violations of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act

3 Counts of Trafficking Methamphetamine

3 Counts of Trafficking Heroin

5 Counts of Possession of Firearm during Commission of a Felony

3 Counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana

5 Counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm

2 Counts Financial Transaction Card Fraud

1 Count of Conspiracy to Commit Financial Transaction Card Fraud

24 Counts of Aggravated Assault

4 Counts of Kidnapping

4 Counts of Battery

2 Counts of Tampering with Evidence

4 Counts of Felony Murder

4 Counts of Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery

GBI Makes Arrest in Bulloch County Murder Investigation

Bulloch County, GA (October24, 2020) – On Saturday, October 24, 2020, Lee Allen Mayhew, age 44, was charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of firearm during the commission of crime, theft by taking motor vehicle, and burglary. 

On Friday, October 23, 2020, at 6:50 p.m., the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office requested the GBI to assist with a death investigation.  Preliminary information shows that Bonnie Lanier Rushing was murdered at her home located on Stilson Leefield Road, Statesboro, Georgia in the afternoon hours of October 23rd. Rushing was found deceased at her home with a gunshot wound.  It appears that the perpetrator entered the residence and at some point had contact with Rushing.

GBI Makes Arrest in Brooks County Double Murder Investigation - UPDATE

Brooks County, GA (October 23, 2020) - The second victim has been identified as Deshaun Lamar Scott, 36, of Cleveland, OH.

ORIGINAL RELEASE

Brooks County, GA (October 22, 2020) – On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, Kenny Pruitt, age 36, of Cleveland, OH, was taken into custody and charged with two counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of possession of firearm during the commission of a crime, and two counts of possession of firearm by convicted felon.

On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at approximately 3:28 p.m., Brooks County Sheriff Mike Dewey requested the GBI to investigate two males who had been shot and killed on Emerson Road near Grooverville Road in South Brooks County.  One of the victims has been identified as John Timothy Thompson, age 56, of East Liverpool, Ohio.  The second victim’s identity is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

GBI Makes Arrest in Decatur County Child Pornography Investigation

Bainbridge, GA (October 23, 2020) - On Thursday, October 22, 2020, Alvin Douglas Boger, III, 29, of Bainbridge, GA, was taken into custody during a traffic stop conducted by the Leon County (FL) Sheriff’s Office in Tallahassee, FL, after a coordinated effort between the GBI, the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, the Tallahassee, FL Police Department, and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Boger is charged with one count of Possession of Child Pornography and was taken to the Decatur County Jail.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Catoosa County

GBI Seeking Suspect in Coffee County Shooting

Douglas, GA (October 17, 2020) – On Saturday, October 17, 2020, GBI agents and Coffee County Sheriff’s Office investigators secured arrest warrants for Kadeem Rashad Williams, 28, of Douglas, for Aggravated Assault, Possession of Firearm During the Commission of a Crime, and Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon. Anyone with information concerning Williams’ whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office at (912) 384-4227 or the GBI Regional Office in Douglas, GA at (912) 389-4103.

GBI Investigating Death in Walton County

Monroe, GA (October 17, 2020) -  On Friday, October 16, 2020, at approximately 4:35 p.m., Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a 911 call of a person being shot at an address off Jack Glass Road in Monroe, Walton County, GA. When deputies arrived, immediate assistance was provided to the gunshot victim, identified as Henry Thomas McDougal, 27, of Monroe. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. James Lewis McDougal, 31, of Monroe, surrendered to deputies a short time later. He was taken into custody and is being charged with murder. Henry McDougal and James McDougal are brothers. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office requested the GBI Athens Office to assist with the investigation. Henry McDougal will be transported to the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur for an autopsy.

GBI Investigates Death in Hancock County

Hancock County, GA (October 16, 2020) – On Thursday, October 15, 2020, at approximately 12:14 p.m., the GBI Region 6 field office was requested to assist the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office with a death investigation.   

GBI and HSI Atlanta Investigation Yields Trafficking Methamphetamine Arrests in Cobb and Cherokee Counties

Cobb & Cherokee Counties, GA (October 13, 2020) – After a joint investigation with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Atlanta, five people have been arrested on trafficking methamphetamine charges.

The following subjects were arrested on October 9, 2020:

Melissa Picardi, age 37, of Atlanta, Georgia charged with trafficking methamphetamine (Cobb County Jail).

Antonio Jamar Laster, age 24, of Nashville, Tennessee charged with trafficking methamphetamine (Cherokee County Jail).

Bryan Hernandez, age 23, of Atlanta, Georgia charged with trafficking methamphetamine (Cherokee County Jail).

Miguel Angel Rayon Gonzalez, age 20, of Atlanta, Georgia charged with trafficking methamphetamine (Cherokee County Jail).

Jesus Cruz-Aguirre, age 19, of Atlanta, Georgia charged with trafficking methamphetamine (Cherokee County Jail).