GBI Arrests Hart County High School Teacher

Hart County, GA (January 4, 2022) – The GBI has arrested Corinna Crumpton, 30, of Toccoa, GA, in reference to an investigation that began in December of 2021 at the request of the Hartwell Police Department.  Agents charged Crumpton on January 4, 2022 with sexual assault and electronically furnishing obscene materials to a minor, both felony charges. 

The crimes took place between August and December of 2021.  Crumpton is a Hart County High School teacher.  This investigation is active and ongoing.

GBI Conducts Death Investigation in Forsyth, GA

Forsyth, GA (January 2, 2021) –  The GBI is investigating a shooting incident that happened in a Forsyth/Monroe County Walmart that left one person dead.  The Forsyth Police Department asked to GBI to investigate the incident on Sunday, January 2, 2022, at around 6:30 p.m. 

At 6:12 p.m., the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a call from a person inside Walmart indicating that someone was firing shots inside the store. Monroe County deputies and Forsyth Police officers responded to the scene. The preliminary investigation shows that Tarmaine Jontavion Bowden, age 17, of Forsyth, shot and killed Cedric James Mayes, age 17, of Forsyth.  Bowden is in police custody awaiting charges.

GBI Perry and Douglas Offices Investigating Related Shootings

Douglas, GA (December 31, 2021) – Two GBI offices were requested to assist with related investigations last night where several people were shot or shot at and one person died. The suspected shooter also died by a suspected self-inflected gunshot wound at the end of a police chase.

Athens Man Arrested for the Sex Exploitation of Children

Athens, GA (December 29, 2021) – On Tuesday, December 28, 2021, Sean Hopkins, age 34, of Athens, GA, was arrested and charged with two counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Distribution of Child Pornography) and two counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Pornography). Warrants were obtained for Hopkins following the execution of a search warrant at his home on Monday, December 20, 2021, conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit and the Athens Clarke County Police Department (ACCPD). Hopkins was not in Georgia at the time of the search warrant. The search warrant was in reference to a proactive online investigation by members of the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force into individuals sharing files of child sexual abuse material via the internet. The investigation revealed that over the course of approximately three months, Hopkins was sharing files of child sexual abuse material. During the search warrant at Hopkins’ residence, evidence related to this crime was seized. ​​​​​​​

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Savannah

Savannah, GA (December 28, 2021) – The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Savannah, GA. The Savannah Police Department (SPD) asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Monday, December 27, 2021. One man has died. No officers were injured.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in DeKalb County

UPDATE:

DeKalb County, GA (December 27, 2021) - The man involved in this OIS has been identified as Benny Antonio Hood, age 30, of Atlanta.

ORIGINAL RELEASE:

DeKalb County, GA (December 24, 2021) – The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in DeKalb County, GA.  The DeKalb County Police Department asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Friday, December 24, 2021.  One man has died.  No officers were injured.

Preliminary information indicates that at 1:04 p.m., a Walmart Loss Prevention Officer at the Walmart on Gresham Road, DeKalb County, Georgia made contact with a man who had been putting items in a large backpack and who had attempted to leave the store without paying for the items.  A DeKalb County P.D. officer working an off-duty job and another DeKalb County P.D. officer attempted to make contact with the man as he was walking out of the store.  The man ran back into the store and police officers and the loss prevention officer followed.  The man drew a handgun and fired at the police officers and loss prevention officer.  During the incident, an officer attempted to tase the man.  The man ran outside of the store, holding the gun. During the incident, an officer fired his gun, hitting the man.  The man died on scene. 

Arrest Made in Dublin Homicide Investigation

Dublin, GA (December 27, 2021) – On Monday, December 27, 2021, Alyssa Danielle Wild, age 29, of East Dublin, was arrested during a traffic stop in Franklin, TN. Wild was wanted in connection to the murder of Charles Stephen Holmberg, age 38, of Cuthbert. Wild is charged with Murder with additional charges pending. She is currently being held in the Williamson County (TN) Jail. The investigation revealed that Wild and Holmberg were in a relationship.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA (December 27, 2021) – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting an officer involved shooting investigation in Atlanta, Fulton County, GA. On Sunday, December 26, 2021, the Georgia State University Police Department asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate the incident that occurred on 17th Street in Midtown Atlanta. One teenage male was shot and is in stable condition.

GBI Arrests Seven People in Home Invasion & Aggravated Assault Investigation

Cairo, GA (December 22, 2021) - The GBI has arrested seven people in a home invasion and aggravated assault investigation in Cairo, GA. Five of the seven arrested are under the age of 16.  The Cairo Police Department asked the GBI to provide investigative assistance on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at around 12:50 a.m., for an incident that happened on 4th Street in Cairo.

The victim in the case, an elderly woman, was awakened by the sound of someone breaking into her home.  She confronted the intruders who fired a weapon at her, hitting her at least one time.  The homeowner was also armed with a weapon and shot back at the intruders.  No evidence from the scene indicates any of the multiple intruders were hit.

The following men were arrested:

Dekalin Williams, age 17, of Baconton, GA

Jeremy Williams, age 17, of Cairo

Seven people are charged with Aggravated Assault, Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder, Armed Robbery, Cruelty to an Elderly Person, Burglary, and Home Invasion.  Additional arrests and charges are possible in this case as agents continue to investigate.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Savannah

Savannah, GA (December 22, 2021) – The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Savannah, GA. The Savannah Police Department asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. One man, identified as Shawn Martin, 45, died. No officers were injured.

Preliminary information indicates that on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at around 8:30 p.m., Savannah police officers initiated a traffic stop on a stolen 2013 silver BMW X1 based on a Be on the Lookout (BOLO) from the Beaufort County (South Carolina) Sheriff’s Office. South Carolina authorities were investigating an aggravated assault incident where the victim suffered multiple skull fractures and had her car stolen. Police believed that Martin had the car.  

Officers did not find Martin in the car; however, the driver told officers that Martin was at the driver’s mother’s home. Subsequently, officers went to the home and received permission from the homeowner to search for Martin.

At 9:38 p.m., while searching the home, an officer opened a closet door when Martin came out swinging a knife. Officers gave verbal commands to drop the knife, but he did not comply. Two officers fired their weapons, both hitting Martin.  Officers administered first aid and Martin was taken to a local hospital in Savannah where he was pronounced dead.