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July 17, 2014

Velasquez Arrest

July 16, 2014

For immediate release:

A joint effort by the US Marshals SE Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the apprehension of 23 year old fugitive Alejandro Velasquez. Velasquez has been on the run since November 2013, wanted on outstanding warrants for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Battery by Disfiguring, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Participation in Criminal Gang Activity.

The task force developed information that Velasquez was inside a home at 2652 Herndon Road in Lawrenceville today and responded to the location to attempt warrant service. Upon their arrival, they searched the residence and located Velasquez hiding in the attic. Velazquez obeyed verbal commands to climb down from the attic and was taken into custody without incident.

Velasquez was transported to the Gwinnett County Jail, where he is being held without bond.
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June 13, 2014

Warrant Sweep

June 13, 2014

The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with Gwinnett Felony Probation and numerous city police agencies, conducted a two day warrant sweep that resulted in the arrest of 59 wanted persons and the service of 77 warrants.

On June 11th and 12th, approximately 104 law enforcement officers from Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, Gwinnett Felony Probation and Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Loganville, Norcross, Snellville and Suwanee Police Departments joined forces to serve warrants in Gwinnett County.

This warrant sweep was truly a joint venture. The risk factors associated with warrant service require the participation of many law enforcement officers to promote the safety of everyone involved. We appreciate the support of our local agencies and always welcome opportunities to work together to serve the citizens of Gwinnett County.

The warrant sweep focused activity in the cities of Auburn, Buford, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Loganville, Norcross, Snellville and Suwanee.

May 23, 2014

Fugitive Arrest

May 22, 2014

The diligent efforts of deputies assigned to the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit led to the arrest of Bobby Alexander Hunter yesterday.  Hunter was wanted by Duluth Police for Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Burglary, False Imprisonment and Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Crime.

Hunter was also wanted for additional warrants obtained by Georgia State Patrol after fleeing from them in January 2014.

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive deputies developed leads that led them to a Krystal’s restaurant on Hwy 78 in Stone Mountain, where Hunter was taken into custody without incident.  He is charged with the following:

  • Armed Robbery
  • Kidnapping
  • Burglary
  • False Imprisonment
  • Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Crime
  • Felony Probation Violation
  • Fleeing and Eluding Police
  • Failure to Yield (2 counts)
  • Reckless Driving
  • Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device
  • Failure to Signal When Turning or Changing Lanes
  • Obstruction
  • Passing in a No Passing Zone

Jaclyn Joanna Velasquez was also arrested at the scene and was charged by Sheriff’s deputies with Hindering the Apprehension of a Fugitive.

Hunter and Velasquez are being held at the Gwinnett County Jail.  Hunter is being held with no bond.

May 21, 2014

Phone Scam Alert

In response to the growing number of phone scam reports, Sheriff Butch Conway has initiated the formation of a multi-jurisdictional task force to combat the problem.  Last week, leaders from multiple law enforcement jurisdictions met at the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office to pool resources and identify measures to counteract this organized criminal enterprise.

The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, along with many other law enforcement agencies, has received numerous reports from citizens advising that they were the targets of a telephone scam.  The caller identifies himself as a member of our Warrants Division and advises the victim that he/she did not respond to a jury summons and that to avoid arrest, he/she can pay the associated fines using a pre-paid debit card, usually a Green Dot card.

Similar phone scams have been reported throughout several Georgia and out of state jurisdictions, some with slight variations, such as the caller claiming that the victim has not paid an outstanding traffic or parking ticket and can avoid arrest by paying associated fines over the phone.

These callers are extremely convincing and have extensive knowledge of the local agency that they are impersonating.  It is critical that citizens are aware that no law enforcement agency will ever solicit payment of fines over the telephone, especially with the use of pre-paid debit cards.  Any caller making such a request should be considered suspicious.  Citizens are encouraged to report all phone calls of this nature to their local law enforcement agency.

If you have received a phone call of this nature, please contact the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Services Division at 770-619-6655.

May 20, 2014

GMTF Brown Arrest

The Gwinnett Metro Task Force has shut down three marijuana grow houses in the county since last Thursday.

On Thursday, May 15, GMTF investigators followed up on information they received indicating that there may be drugs in a home at 2386 Hidden Lane Snellville. While at the residence, investigators encountered Michael Gerrard Brown, who leased the home. Investigators at the scene noted a strong odor of marijuana and obtained a search warrant. A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of 414 marijuana plants and the arrest of Michael Gerrard Brown.

Additional information was gained at the location which led investigators to Michael Brown’s primary residence at 3016 Overlook Hill Pass in Dacula. An additional search warrant was obtained for the Dacula home and the subsequent search revealed a marijuana grown room that had been partially dismantled, along with a small amount of loose marijuana and other suspected narcotics.

The investigation also led to a third residence, leased by Michael Brown, at 3466 San Antonio Drive in Snellville. A subsequent search warrant was obtained and executed at the residence and resulted in the seizure of an additional 251 marijuana plants.

Michael Brown was arrested and charged with (3 counts) VGCSA Manufacture of Marijuana, trafficking in Marijuana and VGCSA within 1000 feet of a school. He was transported to the Gwinnett County Jail without incident and is currently being held without bond.

Additional charges and/or arrests are expected as the investigation continues.

The Gwinnett Metro Task Force is comprised of deputies from the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office and officers from Lilburn Police Department, Lawrenceville Police Department, Snellville Police Department, Duluth Police Department, and Suwanee Police Department. The GMTF was formed in 2012 to investigate drug and vice complaints in Lilburn, Lawrenceville, Snellville, Duluth, and Suwanee.

The Gwinnett Metro Task Force can be contacted by the Drug Tip Line at 770-670-5190 or by email at gmtaskforce@gmail.com

May 19, 2014

Ellison Arrest

Media Release #20140516 – May 16, 2014

Deputies assigned to the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Services Division have arrested the President and CEO of a non-profit organization after their investigation revealed that he propositioned a female probationer to receive sexual favors in exchange for false documentation of her required community service hours.

A supervisor at Southeast Corrections notified the Sheriff’s Office of a complaint by one of their female probationers that Jails to Nails President and CEO Darrell Ellison offered to exchange sexual favors for documentation of her required community service hours.

Undercover deputies began a covert operation in which Darrell Ellison again openly solicited the victim to exchange sexual favors for false documentation of her required community service hours. Ellison was arrested yesterday by deputies in a sting operation when he arrived at a location where he believed he would be receiving sexual favors from the victim.

He was charged with Criminal Attempt to Commit a Felon Crime (2 counts) and False Statements (2 counts) and was transported without incident to the Gwinnett County Jail, where he has since been released on bond.

Investigators request that and additional victims contact the Investigative Services Division at 770-619-6655

April 28, 2014

Bankston Arrest – Elder Abuse

For immediate release:

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested Jason Andre Bankston, wanted for the Neglect of a Disabled Adult/Elder Person.
On 07/14/13, Snellville Police officers responded to a call of a person down at 2131 Buckley Trail in Snellville and found 44 year old John Hammond Steele deceased.
A subsequent investigation by Snellville Police resulted in a warrant being obtained for Steele’s caregiver, Jason Andre Bankston, for Neglect of a Disabled Adult/Elder Person.
Gwinnett County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Bankston yesterday and he was transported to the Gwinnett County Jail without incident.

Duncan Arrest – Animal Cruelty

For immediate release:

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested Brandon Kaile Duncan on an outstanding warrant for Cruelty to Animals.
Duncan’s arrest stems from an incident on 03-21-14 in which Snellville Police officers were dispatched to an animal welfare call on Parkside Court in Snellville and discovered an emaciated dog with electrical tape tightly wound around its mouth. The dog’s mouth was extremely swollen and bleeding.
Gwinnett County Animal Control took custody of the injured dog and warrants were obtained by Snellville Police for the arrest of Antonio Furlow, the dog’s owner and his roommate, Brandon Kaile Duncan.
Antonio Furlow, already incarcerated at the Gwinnett County Jail, was served with a warrant for Cruelty to Animals at the jail on 3/27/14. A warrant was obtained for Brandon Kaile Duncan, which was served by Gwinnett County Sheriff’s deputies yesterday.
Furlow was released on bond on 4/10/14. Duncan remains in the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

Flowers Arrest

For immediate release:

The diligent efforts of deputies assigned to the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit have led to the arrest of an accused murderer.
Nicambreon Mortray Flowers was arrested for the April 19 murder of Joel Tengue at 1435 Boggs Road in Norcross. He is charged with Murder and Armed Robbery.
Fugitive deputies developed leads that indicated that Flowers was in Hattiesberg, Mississippi. Those leads were forwarded to local authorities, who arrested Flowers yesterday in Hattiesburg. He is charged with Murder and Armed Robbery.
Flowers is being held at the Forrest County Jail awaiting extradition to Gwinnett County.

April 22, 2014

Murder for Hire Plot Uncovered

For Immediate Release:

Deputies assigned to the Investigative Services Division conducted an investigation that led to the unraveling of an inmate’s murder for hire plot.

Jeffrey Van Ngo was served with additional arrest warrants today at the Gwinnett County Jail after he attempted to hire an undercover deputy to murder Cuong Nguyen.

Ngo has been held at the Gwinnett County Jail since March 19 on charges (VCGSA – Possession of Controlled Substance and VCGSA – Intent to Distribute Controlled Substance). He has been additionally charged with Conspiracy to Commit a Felony Crime and Criminal Attempt to Commit a Felony Crime.

The warrants were served without incident at the Gwinnett County Jail.

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