Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department

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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.”

Inmate Conspiracy

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Deputies at the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office uncovered a conspiracy between three inmates to prevent their respective victims from testifying against them at trial.

An alert deputy became suspicious when two seemingly healthy inmates arrived at the jail’s medical unit appearing to be feigning medical emergencies. The deputy investigated further and discovered that the two inmates, Alfredo Sosa (18 yrs old) and Miguel Luis Camacho-Gonzales (22 yrs old), were co-defendants in an armed robbery. A cell search of Sosa’s cell yielded a handwritten note entitled, “Plan To Free Us”, written by a third inmate, Jerome Derrell Welch (22 yrs old).

The information was provided to deputies assigned to the Investigative Services Division, who quickly identified that all three inmates shared a common victim, Matthew Barrett. According to the plan drafted by Welch, Camacho-Gonzales would make arrangements for his mother, Maribel Gonzalez (42 yrs old), to send money to Camacho-Gonzales’ girlfriend, Jillian Michelle Dumke (23 yrs old). The money was to be utilized to pay victim Matthew Barrett to “disappear” before Welch’s upcoming March trial. Western Union records reflect that Maribel Gonzalez paid a sum of $1,000.00 to Matthew Barrett.

Recorded phone conversations revealed that in exchange for this payoff, upon his release from jail, Welch would ensure that Sosa and Camacho-Gonzales’ other victims in an unrelated armed robbery case would not appear to testify at their trial. Western Union records reflect that Maribel Gonzalez paid a sum of $1,000.00 to Matthew Barrett.

Sosa, Camacho-Gonzales, Welch were each charged with Conspiracy to Commit a Felony Crime. Dumke and Gonzalez were each arrested on the same charge and transported to the Gwinnett County Jail. A warrant was obtained for Barrett’s arrest for Acceptance of Benefit, Reward or Consideration by Witness for Changing Testimony or Being Absent. He is currently in custody at the Gordon County Jail with a hold for Gwinnett County.


March 12, 2014

Suspects Arrested for Battery

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A Lawrenceville homeowner was fortunate to have Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office deputies nearby when she was attacked by the tenants that had just been evicted from her property.

At approximately 6:00 pm on Monday, March 3, Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to the Civil Unit completed a Writ of Possession (eviction) at 802 Deidre Marie Court in Lawrenceville.  As the deputies were leaving the neighborhood, they observed that the eviction crew was not following behind them, as is customary.  The deputies returned to the location to check on the welfare of the eviction crew and observed the four evicted tenants in an altercation with the homeowner, 26 year old Gladys Garcia.  Deputies were advised by witnesses that once they left the scene, the four evicted tenants approached Ms. Garcia, who was parked down the street.  Ms. Garcia was attempting to leave the location when she was punched in the face, thrown to the ground and attacked by the four individuals.  During the attack, Ms. Garcia was able to retrieve a gun from her vehicle and fired one shot from the weapon, but did not strike anyone.  Ms. Garcia sustained scratches and lacerations on her face and hands during the attack.  The returning deputies secured the scene and placed Miguel Gonzalez Martinez, Jonathan Martinez Delgado, Thabata Abigay Martinez and Suvanee Cherrlyn Martinez under arrest for Battery and they were subsequently transported to the Gwinnett County Jail.


December 16, 2011

Murder suspect turns himself in to Fugitive Unit

Media Release December 16, 2011

For Immediate Release:

 A man wanted in connection with a murder in Duluth turned himself in to Gwinnett Sheriff’s deputies Thursday afternoon.

 Yeon-tae Kang Hill, 20, of Norcross made arrangements through a lawyer to turn himself in on the outstanding warrants of aggravated assault and felony murder for the death of Kwang Ko December 8 in Duluth.

 Mr. Hill turned himself in at 5 p.m. Thursday to the Gwinnett Sheriff’s Fugitive Unit without incident.

 He is being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail.

Fourth suspect in jewelry robberies arrested

Media Release – December 15, 2011

For Immediate Release

Gwinnett Sheriff’s deputies along with the U. S. Marshal’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested a man Thursday wanted by Gwinnett Police in connection with a violent jewelry store robbery that occurred in March.

 Four males armed with handguns and mallets entered Tara Fine Jewelry on March 22. They robbed the store and struck an elderly male customer in the head during the ordeal.

 Gwinnett police made several arrests in the case, but Simone Simon, wanted in connection with the armed robbery had remained elusive. Warrants were obtained for Simon in July and Gwinnett deputies along with the SE Regional Fugitive Task Force began actively searching for Simon.

 Today, information was developed that Simone Simon was staying at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Smyrna located on South Cobb Drive.

 Members of the Fugitive Task Force, which include Gwinnett Sheriff’s Office, Fulton Sheriff’s Office, Fulton Marshal’s Office, U. S. Marshal’s Office and Atlanta Police Department forced entry to the room and after a brief struggle Mr. Simon was arrested.

 He is currently being held at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond on two counts of armed robbery and a hold has been placed on him by another agency.

 The arrest was a cumulative effort of a six month investigation by Gwinnett Police Department, Gwinnett Sheriff’s Office, the U. S. Marshal’s Office, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Fulton County Marshal’s Office and Atlanta Police Department.

Gwinnett Sheriff enters partnership with United Way

 Media Release – December 13, 2011

 For Immediate Release:

 In an effort to reduce the recidivism rate, the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the United Way of Metro Atlanta and the Regional Commission on Homelessness to provide homeless inmates with shelter, drug treatment, job skills training and crime prevention classes upon their release from jail.

 “This program is something I have felt was needed in Gwinnett County for a long time. Studies show that one in seven people who are incarcerated are homeless. Further studies show that those inmates who have stable housing when they are released are less likely to return to jail or prison,” said Sheriff Butch Conway.

 “In looking at our recidivism rates, it became clear that some of our frequent flyers in and out of jail are homeless and are returning in part because of that. I have a firm belief that the reduction of crime and the effectiveness of public safety is best served by a comprehensive approach including proactive law enforcement, appropriate punishment and intervention to change behaviors that lead to repeated criminal acts,” Sheriff Conway added.

 The cost of the program will be offset by seized drug money from the drug asset forfeitures account so there will be no cost to the taxpayers.

 “I am excited by the opportunity to create this partnership and invest in a worthwhile and meaningful endeavor that will provide a solution to a very complex and chronic problem,” said Sheriff Conway.

 Demetrius Jordan, Regional Director of United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, said his agency’s Regional Commission on Homelessness “has worked to end chronic homelessness and help inmates re-enter society stable and productive.”

 “This partnership between the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office and United Way will serve as a model to address tough issues while being sensitive to shrinking resources. We applaud Sheriff Conway for his leadership and look forward to the positive work ahead,” said Mr. Jordan.

December 1, 2011

Man arrested for DUI at Courthouse Annex

 Media Release – December 1, 2011

 For Immediate Release:

 A Gwinnett Sheriff’s deputy at the Gwinnett Juvenile/Recorder’s courthouse arrested a man for DUI in the parking lot after the man’s car stalled and he registered a .352 on an intoxilyzer test.

 The deputy noticed the vehicle parked in a crooked position for more than 20 minutes and a man inside the vehicle attempting to leave. The deputy approached the driver and learned the car was stalled.

 The driver, Alexandru Tehnilenco, 29, had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and a 32 ounce container of beer on the driver’s seat. Mr. Tehnilenco failed field sobriety tests and could not stand without assistance and had extremely slurred speech.

 His intoxilyzer tests registered .352 and .339. He was charged with DUI and possession of an open container. Gwinnett Jail records show that Mr. Tehnilenco has two prior DUI arrests from 2008.

October 27, 2011

Man accused of leaving baby to die arrested by Fugitive Unit

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

 Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140

 Media Release – October 25, 2011

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924


 For Immediate Release:

 Rayvon Gray, the man accused of leaving his 5-month-old daughter in a wooded area following a domestic dispute, was arrested this morning by Gwinnett Sheriff’s deputies at the Suburban Lodge at Satellite Boulevard and Ga. Highway 120. Sheriff’s deputies with the Fugitive Unit tracked Mr. Gray to the motel where he had purchased a room for the next five days. He was alone inside the room and offered no resistance to sheriff’s deputies. The arrest occurred just before 11 a.m. this morning. He is charged with cruelty to children, battery and reckless conduct and is being held at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

September 28, 2011

Man arrested in machete attack

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office

 Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140

 Media Release – September 28, 2011

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924


 For Immediate Release:

 Gwinnett Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man wanted in connection with a machete attack on another man.

 Joey Harrison Shelby, 40, of Norcross was arrested yesterday at his place of employment on Breckinridge Boulevard. He was taken into custody at a loading dock of the warehouse.

 According to reports, Mr. Shelby threatened to kill the man and then assaulted him with the machete by attempting to strike him with it after he broke into the man’s apartment by kicking in the door. The man was able to fight his way out of the apartment and get free from Mr. Shelby.

 Mr. Shelby was taken into custody by Sheriff’s deputies without incident and is charged with aggravated assault, burglary, battery and criminal damage to property second degree. The assault occurred on September 17 at Hampton Xing in Norcross.

September 16, 2011

Sex Offender caught growing marijuana

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140

Media Release – September 16, 2011

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924


For Immediate Release:

 LAWRENCEVILLE – A registered sex offender was arrested along with his parents Thursday after Gwinnett Sheriff’s deputies serving a search warrant located marijuana plants growing outside the family’s residence at 710 Clemson Lane.

 Information was received by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department that John Cepada Ross, 31, – a registered sex offender in Gwinnett County, was in possession of a firearm and had pointed the weapon in the direction of his neighbor following a disagreement.

 Deputies obtained a search warrant to locate the weapon at Mr. Ross’ residence. When they arrived, they found seven marijuana plants growing in plain view by the exterior of the residence. Sheriff’s deputies discovered more than four ounces of the drug packaged in plastic bags inside the house along with $27,000 in cash. The weapon was also located. The total weight including the plants growing outside was more than six pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $10,000.

 Mr. Ross was charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act possession of more than an ounce of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was on the sex offender registry for a 2002 child molestation conviction. He is being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail.

 Also charged for Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act possession of more than an ounce of marijuana were Judith Gail Ross, 60, of Lawrenceville and John A. Ross, 60, of Lawrenceville. Both posted an $11,200 bond and were released.

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