Upson County Man Arrested for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Thomaston, GA (July 19, 2021) – On Wednesday, July 14, 2021, Eric Logan Brown, age 22, was arrested and charged with two counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Distribution of Child Sexual Abuse Material) by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit. The GBI CEACC Unit began an investigation into Brown’s online activity after receiving a Cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the online possession and distribution of images depicting child sexual abuse material (CSAM).  The investigation revealed that the distribution of the CSAM by Brown occurred within the confines of Franklin County, Georgia, and arrest warrants were taken in Franklin County for the Sexual Exploitation of Children.  Once arrest warrants were obtained for Brown, he was taken into custody by the Thomaston Police Department in Thomaston, Georgia, where he was currently residing and was transferred to the Franklin County Jail.  GBI was assisted in this investigation by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Thomaston Police Department.   

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Bartow County

Bartow County, GA (July 16, 2021) – On Friday, July 16, 2021, at approximately 11:30 p.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Georgia State Patrol to conduct an officer involved shooting investigation in Taylorsville, Bartow County, GA.

At approximately 11:00 p.m., an Aragon Police Department officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Shannon Thompson, 27, of Aragon.  A vehicle chase ensued with an Aragon Police Department officer and Thompson.  The Aragon P.D. officer requested the Georgia State Patrol’s (GSP) assistance in the vehicle pursuit that led from Polk County into Bartow County.  A GSP trooper executed a PIT maneuver on Thompson’s vehicle, causing the vehicle to exit the roadway into a field off of Main Street in Taylorsville, GA.  Thompson then drove out of the field towards the Trooper who was standing in the roadway.  As Thompson drove his vehicle towards the Trooper, the Trooper fired several shots at the vehicle, striking Thompson in the arm.  Thompson continued to drive away and Polk County P.D. officers, GSP troopers, and Aragon P.D. officers continued the vehicle pursuit into Polk County.  

Governor Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp Attend GBI Gang Task Force Briefing

Decatur, GA (July 15, 2021)Governor Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp attended a briefing at the GBI Headquarters facility where GBI Director Vic Reynolds and GBI Director of Legal Services Jaret Usher provided updates on the work of the Gang Task Force (GTF). 

A little over two years ago, Governor Kemp charged the GBI with the mission of going after criminal street gangs in Georgia.  Based on this initiative, we developed both internal and external plans to eradicate these criminal organizations in our state.  Over the last two years, our agency, along with our partners, have had many accomplishments.

GBI Makes Arrest in Tifton Murder Investigation

Tifton, GA (July 13, 2021) – On Saturday, July 10, 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested Alexis Danielle Banks, age 22, of Albany, for felony murder and three counts of aggravated assault. Banks is being held at the Crisp County Jail.

GBI Assisting in Cochran Missing 13-year-old Investigation

July 12, 2021 Update

Cochran, GA (July 12, 2021) – On Sunday, July 11, 2021, the Springfield (IL) Police Department arrested Zachery M. Despain, age, 36, of Springfield, IL, in connection to the disappearance of Nastasha Brown of Cochran, GA. The GBI has secured arrest warrants for Despain for Interference with Custody, Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes, Trafficking of Person for Labor or Sexual Servitude, and Kidnapping. Despain is also facing multiple charges in Illinois in connection to this case. District Attorney Tim Vaughn will be seeking extradition of Despain back to Georgia to face his charges. This investigation remains active and ongoing.  

 

July 10, 2021 Update

Nastasha Brown, age 13, has been located in Springfield, Illinois.  Law enforcement officials in Springfield, IL contacted Georgia authorities at around 8:15 a.m. notifying us that she had been found and is currently safe. 

This investigation remains active and ongoing

 

ORIGINAL RELEASE

 

MISSING 13-YEAR-OLD:

NASTASHA BROWN

BLACK FEMALE

5’4”, 102 LBS.

LAST SEEN ON TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2021 IN THE AREA OF VIOLET STREET, COCHRAN, GA

Cochran, GA (July 9, 2021) – On Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at approximately 3:53 p.m., the Cochran Police Department received a report that 13-year-old Nastasha Brown was missing from her residence located on Violet Street, Cochran, Bleckley County, Georgia. Family members reported they last saw Nastasha in the area of Violet Street approximately 30 minutes prior to the report being filed. Based on the information received, Cochran PD initiated an investigation to locate Nastasha and requested the GBI to assist. Assisting with the investigation is the GBI Region 12 Eastman Office, GBI Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit, GBI Cyber Crimes Center, GBI Georgia Information Sharing & Analysis Center, Bleckley County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol, Bleckley County Emergency Management Agency, and the Georgia Department of Community Supervision.

Nastasha is described as a 13-year-old black female, 5’04”, and 102 lbs. Anyone that has information regarding Nastasha or her whereabouts is asked to contact the Cochran Police Department at (478) 934-4282 or the GBI Eastman Field Office at 478-374-6988. 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 Crime Lab Recognized for Implementing National Science Standards

The GBI is proud to announce that the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science has recognized the GBI Crime lab for implementing nationally recognized standards for its forensic laboratory system.  The voluntary implementation of OSAC standards demonstrates the lab’s commitment to serving the citizens of Georgia at a high level.

OSAC, led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), continues to promote standardization in forensic science which will bolster the public’s confidence in the work of the forensic science community.  To obtain OSAC standards, the GBI Crime Lab has become a voluntary self-adopter.  When applicable standards are added to the OSAC registry, they are reviewed by the appropriate scientific discipline at the laboratory.  If the laboratory is not meeting the standard, an implementation plan is developed for adoption.  To date, 25 labs in the United States have received the official recognition as an OSAC standard implementer.  The GBI Crime Lab’s Headquarters facility was assigned the first certificate.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Douglas County

Douglasville, GA (July 6, 2021) - The man involved in this OIS with Douglas County Sheriff's Office has been identified as Jesus Rodriguez, 23.

ORIGINAL RELEASE:

Douglasville, GA (July 1, 2021) – On Thursday, July 1, 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to conduct an officer involved shooting investigation.

GBI Makes Arrest in Swainsboro Murder Investigation

Swainsboro, GA (July 5, 2021) – On Saturday, July 2, 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested Dallas Clark, age 29, of Twin City, for four counts of Aggravated Assault, one count of Malice Murder, one count of Felony Murder, and one count of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony. Clark was booked in the Emanuel County Jail.

Eighth Suspect Arrested in Gilmer County Murder Investigation

Ellijay, GA - UPDATE - 7/3/21

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, working in partnership with the United States Marshal’s Service (USMS) Atlanta and San Diego, coordinated the transfer to U.S. custody of Juan Ayala-Rodriguez, age 35.  Rodriguez was arrested in Durango, Mexico on Saturday, June 26, 2021.  The USMS-San Diego and Customs and Border Protection oversaw the transfer of Rodriguez to USMS custody and subsequent detention at a California facility. Rodriguez is pending extradition to Georgia to face murder charges.

USMS and the United States Department of Homeland Security (HSI) have worked diligently to assist the GBI and the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office in this case and in this arrest.  The GBI and the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office are very grateful for the support and efforts of the USMS, HSI and all agencies involved in effecting this arrest. 

The GBI and the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office continue to actively investigate this case and the individuals involved in the murder of Rossana Delgado.  A coordinated effort to locate and arrest the other three murder suspects, Mario Alberto Barbosa-Juarez, Carolina Jazmin Rodriguez-Ramirez and Maria Chavez is active and ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the GBI. 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.

Ellijay, GA - UPDATE – 6/18/21

An arrest warrant for Murder has been issued for Maria Katherine Chavez Encarnacion, 28, of Marietta, GA, in the murder of Rosanna Delgado on April 20, 2021. Encarnacion’s last known location is Mexico. Anyone with any information about Encarnacion’s current location is asked to contact the GBI. Tips can 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. If anyone sees Encarnacion, please contact 911.

Ellijay, GA - UPDATE - 5/26/21

Update:  A murder warrant has been issued for Carolina Jazmin Rodriguez-Ramirez, 28 of Oklahoma, for her involvement in the murder of Rossana Delgado.  Investigators have identified Rodriguez-Ramirez as the woman with Rossana Delgado in the Ross and Mercado Fresco video previously released in this case.  Rodriguez-Ramirez’ location is currently unknown, but she is believed to be in Mexico with at least one other suspect, Mario Alberto Barbosa-Juarez.  Additional charges are anticipated. 

Ellijay, GA  - UPDATE - 5/17/21

On Saturday, May 15 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, working in partnership with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Atlanta, HSI Harlingen, Texas and Attaché Matamoros, Mexico coordinated the arrests of Megan Colone, 30, and Oscar Manuel Garcia, 26.  The fifth suspect (previously identified in news releases by photographs) in this murder was located with Oscar Manuel Garcia and was identified as Juan Antonio Vega, 25.  A warrant was taken for Vega for the murder of Rossana Delgado.  Vega is a Cobb County resident.  All three suspects were apprehended in Mexico and returned to the United States.  HSI Harlingen and Customs and Border Patrol oversaw the transport of the suspects to Texas detention facilities.  All three are pending extradition proceedings to Georgia to face murder charges. Colone’s children were safely returned to the United States during these arrests operations.

Ellijay, GA  - UPDATE - 5/17/21

On Saturday, May 15 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, working in partnership with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Atlanta, HSI Harlingen, Texas and Attaché Matamoros, Mexico coordinated the arrests of Megan Colone, 30, and Oscar Manuel Garcia, 26.  The fifth suspect (previously identified in news releases by photographs) in this murder was located with Oscar Manuel Garcia and was identified as Juan Antonio Vega, 25.  A warrant was taken for Vega for the murder of Rossana Delgado.  Vega is a Cobb County resident.  All three suspects were apprehended in Mexico and returned to the United States.  HSI Harlingen and Customs and Border Patrol oversaw the transport of the suspects to Texas detention facilities.  All three are pending extradition proceedings to Georgia to face murder charges. Colone’s children were safely returned to the United States during these arrests operations.   

 HSI has worked diligently to assist the GBI and the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office in this case and in these arrests.  The GBI and the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office are very grateful for the support and efforts of HSI and all agencies involved in affecting these arrests. 

The GBI and the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office continue to actively investigate this case and the individuals involved in the murder of Rossana Delgado.  A coordinated effort to locate and arrest the other two murder suspects, Juan Ayala-Rodriguez and Mario Alberto Barbosa-Juarez, is active and ongoing. Anyone with information as to the identity of the woman pictured in previous news releases are asked to contact the GBI. Tips can 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 Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA (July 1, 2021) – On Wednesday, June 30, 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested to investigate an officer involved shooting.

Preliminary information indicates that approximately 1:02 p.m., a 911 call was placed to the Atlanta Police Department regarding a person shot on the 8th floor of 710 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia.  Two responding officers rode the elevator to the 8th floor.  As the elevator door was opening, a man later identified as Joseph Lee Humbles, 29, of Atlanta, immediately fired gunshots at officers, striking an officer in the face.  The two officers were able to return fire, which struck Humbles.  Hum