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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.

April 2, 2014

Suspect in Shooting Arrested

For immediate release:

Deputies assigned to the Investigative Services Division (ISD) at the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office have apprehended suspect Josue Ordonez-Ruiz, wanted for shooting a man who was holding Ordonez-Ruiz’s own child during a 2010 domestic violence incident.

On October 30, 2010, Gwinnett County Police were dispatched to a “person shot” call at 5735 Everglades Trail in Norcross, where Ordonez-Ruiz’s ex-wife, Brandy Marez, claimed that her ex-husband followed her and friends home from a bar and began firing a revolver before fleeing in his vehicle. Jose Lemus, who was holding the divorced couple’s 7 year old child, was grazed in the leg by a bullet. He was treated at the scene by responding fire rescue personnel. Attempts to locate Ordonez-Ruiz were not successful and police obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office ISD deputies followed up on leads that Ordonez-Ruiz had returned from Mexico and was back in the metro-Atlanta area. Their investigation led them to 3585 Meadowglen Village Lane, Apt. O in Doraville, where Ordonez-Ruiz was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Gwinnett County Jail. He is being held without bond on the charge of Aggravated Assault and also has an ICE detainer.

March 25, 2014

Operation Shamrock

For immediate release:

On March 18th and 19th, over 70 different law enforcement officers, agents, deputies and investigators from six different local, state and federal agencies participated in Operation Shamrock in Gwinnett County. The two day operation focused on assuring the compliance of over 70 registered sex offenders who were on active state probation or parole. Participating agencies included the United States Marshal Service, the United States Secret Service, the Georgia Department of Corrections Probation Division, the Georgia State Bureau of Pardons and Paroles, the Department of Homeland Security Investigations and the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office.

Operation Shamrock resulted in the verification of 67 sex offenders. A total of seven arrests were made for various violations of probation and parole. Three additional warrants for offenders who were found in violation of their probation are forthcoming. Two new cases of possession of child porn and child molestation are also under further investigation as a result of information obtained during the compliance checks. These investigations may result in two more charges being filed.

United States Marshals Service Senior Inspector and Sex Offender Investigations Coordinator for the Northern District of Georgia, Katrina Crouse, assisted in coordinating the operation. Regarding the operation, Senior Inspector Crouse stated, “The main goal of this operation was to conduct a show of law enforcement unity and cooperation in keeping a watch on the county’s sex offenders; thus ensuring they are complying with all requirements and apprehending those who have violated state, local and federal laws. In doing so, the operation should increase public safety throughout the greater Gwinnett County area and the state of Georgia.”

The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office presently monitors 546 registered sex offenders within the Georgia Registry on a daily basis. Efforts such as this operation affords the Sheriff’s Office and those other agencies who supervise sex offenders in Gwinnett County an additional opportunity to let both the community and the sex offenders know that they will be monitored in accordance with state and federal laws.

Sheriff Butch Conway would like to express his appreciation to all the participants for their assistance, adding that it’s “always nice to have a force multiplier.”

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