Arrest Made in Americus Homicide Investigation

Americus, GA (January 26, 2021) – On Monday, January 25, 2021, the GBI arrested Jaron Sharod Griffin, 22, and charged him with one count of Felony Murder and one count of Aggravated Assault, for the shooting death of David Joshua Mitchell.

New Jersey Man Charged with Sexual Exploitation of Children in Georgia

Decatur, GA (January 25, 2021) – On Tuesday, January 5, 2021, Eric E. Talley, age 34, was arrested in Union County, New Jersey, on arrest warrants taken in Georgia for the sexual exploitation of children. Talley was located in New Jersey while he was exploiting a child from Georgia online. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer (CEACC) Unit began an investigation into Talley’s online activity after a report was made to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation pertaining to an online user who was paying the juvenile for nude images. During a collaborative investigation by GBI, FBI, and Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was identified as Eric E. Talley of New Jersey. Talley had a previous criminal history for possessing and viewing child pornography in New Jersey (2016) and minor/criminal solicitation of a minor in South Carolina (2012). Talley was a registered sex offender in New Jersey at the time of the investigation.

GBI Investigates Wayne County Homicide

Jesup, GA (January 22, 2021) – On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, Jerry Lee Davis was murdered at his residence, 2695 Oglethorpe Road, Wayne County, Georgia. Davis was shot multiple times which resulted in his death. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incident and are seeking information pertaining to the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the GBI Kingsland Office at 912-729-6198 or the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at 912-427-5970. 

Tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov.submit-tips-onlinge, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app. 

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Warner Robins - UPDATE

UPDATE:

Warner Robins, GA (January 22, 2021) – On Friday, January 22, 2021, the GBI charged Derik Edward Jones with three counts of Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime, Theft by Receiving, Possession of a Firearm While on First Offender Probation, Criminal Trespassing, and Entering an Automobile. Jones will be transported to the Houston County Jail after his release from the Navicent Health Hospital, where he is receiving treatment for his injuries and is in stable condition. 

Of the three officers involved, two are with the Warner Robins Police Department and one was an off-duty Crawford County Sheriff’s Office deputy, who was shopping at the Walmart.

ORIGINAL RELEASE

Warner Robins, GA (January 21, 2021) – On Thursday, January 21, 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Warner Robins Police Department to conduct an officer involved shooting investigation.  

Clayton County Man Arrested for Sexually Exploiting Children Online

Jonesboro, GA (January 19, 2021) – On Friday, January 15, 2021, Clayton County resident, Jeremiah Anderson, age 17, was charged with six counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material) in violation of O.C.G.A 16-12-100(b)(8) and five counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Distribution of Child Pornography) in violation of O.C.G.A 16-12-100(b)(5) by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit. In December 2020, a report was received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) pertaining to an online user who was sharing child sexual exploitation material online, which depicted the sexual abuse of toddler aged children. The GBI CEACC Unit initiated an investigation into this online user, which led to the identification of Anderson. A search warrant was executed by the GBI and the Clayton County Fugitive Squad on January 15, 2021, at Anderson’s home and subsequently led to the arrest of Anderson. 

Spalding County Registered Sex Offender Arrested for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Decatur, GA (January 19, 2021) – On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, Spalding County resident, Timothy Woodard, age 44, was charged with the Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material) in violation of O.C.G.A 16-12-100(b)(8) by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit.

Towns County Man Arrested for Sexually Exploiting Children Online

Young Harris, GA (January 19, 2021) – On Thursday, January 14, 2021, Towns County resident, Jamie Burnette, age 49, was charged with two counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material) in violation of O.C.G.A 16-12-100(b)(8) by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit. Multiple reports were received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) pertaining to the same online user who was uploading child sexual exploitation material to the internet. The GBI CEACC Unit initiated an investigation into this online user, which led to the identification of Burnette. A search warrant was executed by the GBI and the Towns County Sheriff’s Office which led to evidence related to crime of sexual exploitation of children, and later the arrest of Burnette.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Henry County

Stockbridge, GA (January 17, 2021) - On Saturday, January 16, 2021, the GBI Atlanta Regional Office was requested by the Henry County Police Department to investigate an officer involved shooting.

Drug Arrests in Banks County

Commerce, GA (January 15, 2021) - On Wednesday, January 13th, 2021, Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office agents, along with Banks County Sheriff’s Office deputies executed a search warrant at the Howard Johnson Hotel Room 237 located in Commerce, Banks County, Georgia. Information developed by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office led to the search warrant that was executed at the Howard Johnson Hotel.  During the execution of the search warrant, agents and deputies seized 483.5 prescription pills, 3 kilograms of methamphetamine, 4 ounces of heroin, 9 ounces of marijuana, and $12,700 of US Currency. 

Search Leads to Drug Arrests in Jackson County

Commerce, GA (January 15, 2021) - On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the Commerce Police Department, and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) executed a search warrant at 41 Hillcreast Street, Commerce, Jackson County, Georgia. Approximately one ounce of methamphetamine, prescription pills, and $8,000 U.S. currency were sized at the residence. The estimated street value of the drugs was over $1,000.