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December 16, 2011

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

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com

 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

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com

 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

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com

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.

August 2, 2011

Inmate attempts to hire professional hit from jail

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

 Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140

 Media Release – August 2, 2011

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com

 For Immediate Release:

 Gwinnett County deputies charged a Gwinnett jail inmate with trying to hire someone to kill another person.

 Richard Allen Fowler was in the Gwinnett County Jail on unrelated charges and was awaiting transfer into the state prison system. Jail officials received information that Mr. Fowler was attempting to hire someone to kill a female who he blamed for some problems he had in his life.

 An undercover Gwinnett Sheriff’s deputy posed as a person who could be hired to commit murder. Mr. Fowler met with the undercover deputy and offered him money to kill the female. He offered other information on where she could be located and places she might frequent.

 Gwinnett deputies obtained warrants last week and charged Mr. Fowler Monday with criminal solicitation and criminal attempt to commit a crime. Deputies did notify the female intended victim immediately about the threat so she could take all necessary precautions to protect herself.

 Mr. Fowler remains in the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

July 28, 2011

Armed robbery suspect apprehended at Buford apartment complex

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140

Media Release – July 28, 2011

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com 

For Immediate Release:

 Gwinnett Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man wanted for armed robbery following a brief foot chase at a Buford apartment complex Wednesday.

 Jeremy Oakley Biddle of Suwanee was wanted for an armed robbery that occurred on July 16 on Sugarloaf Parkway where he robbed a man of more than $500 at gunpoint. He is also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

 Sheriff’s deputies with the Fugitive Unit received a tip that Mr. Biddle was staying with friends at the Preston Hills at Mill Creek Apartments in Buford. Deputies watching the apartment observed Mr. Biddle get out of a car and enter the apartment door. They demanded that Mr. Biddle come out with his hands in the air, but he jumped from a bedroom window and tried to flee. He was apprehended after a brief foot chase.

 Deputies additionally charged him with obstruction of a law enforcement officer. Mr. Biddle is being held at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

July 14, 2011

Fugitive Unit arrests man wanted for homicide

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140 

Media Release – July 14, 2011

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com

 For Immediate Release:

The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department Fugitive Unit took a man wanted for felony murder and aggravated assault into custody Thursday.

Hunter Mason Davis, 17, was taken into custody after deputies met with his father and he agreed to help locate his son and have him turn himself in to authorities. Mr. Davis surrendered to the Fugitive Unit at the Sheriff’s Department Thursday.

Mr. Davis is accused of arranging a drug transaction and being present during the shooting of another man on June 28 in Lilburn.

The homicide was investigated by Gwinnett County Police.

June 16, 2011

Gwinnett Deputies arrest man wanted in $3 million fraud case

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Butch Conway

2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770 822-3140

Media Release – June 16, 2011

Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer

Office – 770 822-3924

E-mail stacey.bourbonnais@gwinnettcounty.com 

 Gwinnett Deputies arrest man wanted in $3 million fraud case

  For Immediate Release:

 Gwinnett Sheriff’s deputies with the Fugitive Unit arrested a man Thursday afternoon wanted out of South Carolina for selling more than $3 million in fraudulent investments to South Carolina residents.

 Robert Dunnell House of Banegher Way in Duluth was arrested at his residence without incident Thursday by Gwinnett deputies.

 He is being held on a Fugitive from Justice Warrant for South Carolina authorities. He was wanted for Fraud Securities/Violation of the Uniform Securities Act.

 For more information on the crimes, please contact the Office of the Attorney General of South Carolina at 803-734-3970.

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