GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA (May 4, 2022) –  The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer involved shooting in Atlanta, Georgia. The Atlanta Police Department asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on May 4, following a shooting that occurred at Roasters located at 2770 Lenox Road in Atlanta. One man has died. No officers were injured during the incident.

GBI and Snellville Police Department Announce the Arrest of Grayson Man in Death of 8-Month-Old Girl

Snellville, GA (May 4, 2022)The GBI and the Snellville Police Department announce the arrest of Davied Whatley, 20, of Grayson, Georgia in the death of his 8-month-old daughter, Nova Grace Whatley-Trejo.  Whatley has been charged with 2nd degree murder.  Whatley was arrested with the assistance of the Gwinnett County Police Department SWAT, Snellville Police Department Criminal Investigative Division, and the Snellville Police Department uniform patrol.  Whatley will be booked into the Gwinnett County Jail.

The investigation shows that Whatley came to the Snellville Police Department around 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday to retrieve firearms that had been seized in a previous case.  Unknown to police, Whatley parked his car in the City Hall parking lot and left his 8-month-old daughter in the car.  Whatley walked into the police department without his infant daughter and was taken into custody for a misdemeanor probation violation (hit and run – no insurance).  All interaction with police was captured on bodycam and in-car video until he arrived at the Gwinnett County Jail.  Review of bodycam & in-car video shows that Whatley made no comments about leaving Nova in the car.  Nova’s grandmother brought her to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.

GBI and Brooks County Sheriff’s Office Conduct Death Investigation

MAY 3 UPDATE:

Gaona has been arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service in McAllen, Tx. He will be extradited to Georgia to face his charges.

ORIGINAL RELEASE:

Brooks County, GA (May 2, 2022) – GBI agents and Brooks County Sheriff’s Office investigators have secured arrest warrants for Roberto Andablo Gaona, age 31. Gaona is charged with Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime, related to the death of Yessica Baena Torres, age 22.

Newton County Man Charged for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Covington, GA (May 2, 2022) – On Thursday, April 28, 2022, Pedro Lopez, Jr., age 63, of Newton County, GA, was charged with two counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material) by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit. Lopez, Jr. was in custody at the Newton County Jail on unrelated charges when he was charged. The GBI CEACC Unit began an investigation into Lopez, Jr.’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 sexual abuse material (CSAM). The investigation revealed the identity of the subject, Pedro Lopez Jr., which subsequently led to the charges. The GBI was assisted in this case by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Duluth

Duluth, GA (May 1, 2022) - The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Duluth, GA. The Gwinnett County Police Department asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on April 30, following a shooting that occurred on Oak Hampton Way in Duluth. One man has died. No officers were injured during the incident.  

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Fairburn

Fairburn, GA (April 29, 2022) - The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Fairburn, GA. The Atlanta Police Department asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on April 29, following a shooting that occurred while attempting to arrest Chase McDermott, age 22, on an outstanding warrant issued in Fulton County. McDermott died at the scene. No officers were injured during the incident.  

Wilcox County Man Arrested for Sexual Exploitation of Children

Rochelle, GA (April 29, 2022) – On Friday, April 22, 2022, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Wilcox County Sheriff’s Office, executed a residential search warrant related to an ongoing sexual exploitation of children investigation.  The investigation was initiated by HSI and involved a man possessing and distributing explicit child sexual abuse material (CSAM), commonly referred to as child pornography, via the internet, which resolved to Wilcox County, GA.

Florida Resident Charged for the Sexual Exploitation of Children in Georgia

DeKalb, GA (April 28, 2022) – On Wednesday, April 27, 2022, Elan Ben-Hanania, age 30, previously of Fayette County, GA, and now currently of Orlando, FL, was arrested and charged with three counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material) and three counts 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 Ben-Hanania’s online activity after receiving Cybertips 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 the identity of the subject, Ben-Hanania, and that the possession and distribution of the CSAM occurred within Fayette County, GA. At the time that arrest warrants were obtained for Ben-Hanania, he had relocated to Orlando, FL. The GBI obtained assistance from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in locating and arresting Ben-Hanania on the criminal charges from Georgia.

Ben-Hanania is currently in custody in Orlando, FL, awaiting extradition to Georgia.

Clayton County Man Arrested for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Jonesboro, GA (April 27, 2022) – On Monday, April 25, 2022, Kortney Parrish, age 37, of Clayton County, GA, was arrested and charged with four counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession 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 Parrish’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 sexual abuse material (CSAM). This investigation led to a search warrant at Parrish’s residence, where digital devices were searched and seized. The content of those devices subsequently led to Parrish’s arrest. The GBI CEACC Unit was assisted in the execution of the search warrant and arrest by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Squad and the Clayton County Police Department. Parrish was transported to the Clayton County Jail upon his arrest.

Man Arrested in Johnson County for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Wrightsville, GA (April 27, 2022) – On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit, with the assistance of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, executed a residential search warrant pertaining to an ongoing Sexual Exploitation of Children investigation. The investigation began after the GBI CEACC Unit received multiple related cybertips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The cybertips involved the possession and/or distribution of explicit child sexual abuse material, commonly referred to as child pornography, which resolved to Johnson County, GA.

As a result of the search warrant execution, the following individual was arrested:

Jake Robert Scott, age 30, of Wrightsville, GA, was charged with one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Pornography) and one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Distribution of Child Pornography).

Scott was transported to the Johnson County Jail.