Thursday, April 30, 2009

Bank robbery suspect has ties to Snellville

Fourth suspect in Bank of America robbery wanted
WRDW-TV - Augusta,GA,USA
Martin has ties in the Augusta area, but is also known to frequent Atlanta and Snellville. Martin has been identified as the gunman in the robbery and is ...

Police: man filmed up skirts

"Alleged" pervert alert!

Y'know, I've gotta wonder, wouldn't it have been easier for him to just go out and buy $5,700 in porn?!? I mean, really!
Police say man filmed up skirts
Gwinnett Daily Post - Griffin,GA,USA
Davidson posted $5700 and was released from the Gwinnett County Jail. He declined comment when reached by phone Tuesday.

Atlanta Mexican drug cartels

Mexican drug cartel chose low-key locales to set up shop, feds say
Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA
... or “la azul” as the drug-runners called it, is a nondescript ranch with a well-kept yard, like so many others lining Cruse Road in Lawrenceville. ...

Drugs and guns seized

Drugs, guns seized in metro Atlanta
AP - April 29, 2009 12:24 PM ET LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Federal agents and local police say they have seized over a ton of drugs and more than 20 assault ...

Monday, April 27, 2009

Mother gunned down in Target parking lot

Shortly after 6 pm last night, a mother who was meeting someone at the Target store parking lot on Scenic Highway was gunned down outside her car. She was shot in the head. Her toddler child was inside the vehicle and was unharmed....more

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Teen accuses relative of rape

14-year-old student accuses man of rape
Gwinnett Daily Post - Griffin,GA,USA
By Josh Green LAWRENCEVILLE - Police arrested a Lawrenceville man this week after a female student told middle school officials he'd raped her, ...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Police: Loganville man killed ex wife

Police were called to a residence on Harold Gower Road in Loganville. A man had found his mother's body on the floor of the bathroom. The woman, Joyce Greene, 42, had been divorced from Kenneth Greene, age 50, but she was living at the same residence.
Law enforcement officials were called to the scene after it was determined the death was suspicious. Cannon said he believed the couple had gotten into a “physical altercation” which resulted in the woman’s death.

“Preliminary results from an autopsy indicate she died as a result of blunt force trauma,” Cannon said.

.....Man accused of killing ex-wife
Walton Tribune - Monroe,GA,USA

1 shot, couple beat up in home invasion

At a residence on Lambert Drive in Norcross, a Hispanic man came to the door that the couple inside knew. Unfortunately, he was either accompanied or followed by 2 people that the couple did not know. It was a home invasion, and the couple was beat up. The Hispanic male was shot during the altercation. The two home invaders demanded money, then ran away on foot. They were described as wearing 'hoodies.' The shooting victim was taken to the hospital.

more details : Gwinnett Man Shot, Couple Beat Up - Atlanta,GA,USA

Wife didn't make lunch so husband doused her with gasoline

On arrival to a domestic disturbance call in Duluth GA officers saw a 65 year old man pushing his wife.

The wife would not make lunch for him because she was having kidney trouble and didn't feel well. According to the wife, he had poured gasoline over her head and was preparing to set both her and the house on fire. According to police, the woman's hair and clothes did smell like gasoline. Suspect claimed he had consumed 4 beers. charged for dousing wife in gasoline
Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA

Immigration fraud charged

2 charged in alleged immigration fraud
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer - Columbus,GA,USA
Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that 47-year-old Songwoo Shim of Lawrenceville and 36-year-old In Young Park of Duluth were indicted on charges of conspiring to encourage and induce aliens to reside unlawfully in the United States and manufacturing fraudulent documents.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Suburbs ideal for drug traffickers

Atlanta burbs have amenities for drug traffickers
The Associated Press
"This county's awash in drugs," said Gwinnett County Assistant District Attorney Keith Miles. The placid nature of Gwinnett County and other nearby counties ...
..."In suburban Atlanta, Mexican drug trafficking organizations generally rent nondescript houses in middle-class neighborhoods in suburbs like Lilburn. They often have one house for storing and processing drugs, one house for storing and processing money and a third for conducting transactions, so when an arrest happens at one house, they don't lose everything, Porter said.

...."But Miles said he thinks the violence is already increasing and cited about a dozen unsolved homicides in Gwinnett County that he believes are drug related. He cited a case in which two men apparently shot each other to death in a house where a money counter was found. As busts net increasingly large amounts of drugs and cash, he said, law enforcement officers are also finding more and bigger guns.

"You don't have shootouts in the street, but who's to say that's not coming? I think it is," Miles said. "I see it getting worse before it gets better."

Friday, April 17, 2009

Cold Case : Lawrenceville bank robbery

The Lawrenceville Police Department has some unsolved cases. This particular one is from 2004.

On April 2, 2004, the Wachovia Bank at 279 W Crogan Street in Lawrenceville GA was robbed by a man with a black semi-automatic handgun.

The suspect is white, hair is black/dark, but balding, the man was 5'7" to 5'11" tall, weight approximately 200 lbs, and had a heavy build. It's estimated that he was age 30-50 at the time of this crime.

Please look at the picture, go to this link on the Lawrenceville Police Department's website and click the picture from there or click here to open up an Adobe PDF file that has additonal photographs of the suspect. If he looks familiar, contact the Lawrenceville Police Department. You can use this page of the website to send in tips.

Hooters girls fight man in their car

A guy watched 2 young women (who happened to be Hooters waitresses) enter the Walmart store in Loganville.

He got into their car [we have to say "allegedly"] , took some personal photos out of the ladies' car, then put them into his own truck. He then re-entered the vehicle that was not his.

When the two women got to the car, they fought with the man, one injured him by slamming the car door on his leg.

Loganville GA police arrested the more at

Registered sex offender charged

Gino Hall (or Hill) was found to be living in Lawrenceville GA, even though his known address registered was Grayson GA. Sex offenders are required by law to keep an accurate address on file

2 abducted children located

2 children abducted; police seek suspect
Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA
By STAFF REPORTS Gwinnett County police Thursday night issued an Amber Alert for two children who allegedly were abducted by their mother's former boyfriend ...

Web Alert >> Gwinnett Police Issues Alert for Two Children
WXIA-TV - Atlanta,GA,USA
The Gwinnett County Police Department have issued a Levi's Call, Georgia's Amber Alert System, for two children. The first is Adrian Bastos described as a ...

Man charged with killing 2 year old

Lawrenceville Man Charged With Killing Toddler
WXIA-TV - Atlanta,GA,USA
Lawrenceville-Charges have been upgraded against a Lawrenceville man accused of beating a two-year-old. Twenty-nine-year-old John Wyatt is now charged with ...

Man charged in death of 2-year-old girl
Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA
By MIKE MORRIS A Lawrenceville man faces a murder charge after a 2-year-old girl left in his care died. Police were called on Saturday after the child's ...

Lawrenceville man claimed he was scammed

Bizarre crimes from Atlanta police reports
Creative Loafing Atlanta - Atlanta,GA,USA
SCRAPPING OVER YOUNG JEEZY: A man from Lawrenceville told police he tried to get Young Jeezy to perform at a show in Pensacola, Fla., on Halloween. ...

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Fear drives some to gun classes

Gun shy? Not these days
Online Athens - Athens,GA,USA
Bobby Tribble of the Walton County Sheriff's Office demonstrates the proper way to hold a handgun during a recent self-defense class at the sheriff's office ...

Body of Gwinnett man identified

Body found near Winder identified as Gwinnett Co. man
Access North Georgia - Gainesville,GA,USA
... a specialist with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation used fingerprint records to identify the body of 46-year-old Salvador Chavez from Gwinnett County. ...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Fatal crash driver surrenders to police

Suspect in fatal crash surrenders
Gwinnett Daily Post - Griffin,GA,USA

By Josh Green LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville man wanted by police for allegedly running on foot from a fatal accident Saturday has turned himself in. ...

Prim is charged with felony homicide by vehicle, felony hit and run and failure to maintain a lane, a misdemeanor.

Police on Monday had announced a $2,000 reward leading to Prim's arrest. He remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Police ID man who fled accident scene - need tips from citizens

Police have identified the driver who fled the accident [ see yesterday's post ] as Alexander Prim of Lawrenceville GA, age 25. Prim is Puerto Rican and speaks Spanish.

Police ID driver wanted in fatal crash
Gwinnett Daily Post - Griffin,GA,USA
LAWRENCEVILLE - Police have identified the driver of a sport utility vehicle involved in Saturday's fatal crash on Paper Mill Road and are ...

....Arrest warrants were issued for Prim for felony homicide by vehicle, felony hit and run and failure to maintain a lane, a misdemeanor.

Investigators ask that anyone with information about Prim's whereabouts call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous and information leading to Prim's arrest could result in a reward of up to $2,000.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Police: driver fled accident that killed 1 passenger

According to this report, were a total of 6 people in the vehicle. Four were taken to Gwinnett Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. One died (Mario Tucker, age 24 of Loganville GA). The driver is missing. A Ford Explorer only has seating for 5, so the passenger who was killed was probably unrestrained in the cargo area in the back of the vehicle. If three passengers were thrown from the vehicle, then they probably weren't wearing seat belts either.
Police: Driver runs away after single-car crash kills passenger
Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA
Shortly before 4 am, the driver flipped a Ford Explorer while negotiating a curve on Paper Mill Road in unincorporated Lawrenceville, a Gwinnett County ...

The SUV slid sideways and struck a guardrail and a utility pole.

Three passengers in the rear seat were thrown from the vehicle. A fourth passenger in the rear remained inside the SUV and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified as Mario Tucker, 24, of Loganville.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Getting information on crimes

It's understandable that police departments would want to keep a lot of details under wraps. Sure, I'd like to have it all to post here, but I'd rather let the police do their jobs than distract them by expecting them to give me every detail. I also wouldn't want the police to compromise investigations and convictions.

Obtaining crime information can be a challenge
Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA
Several county departments, including Clayton, Cobb and Gwinnett, generally limit access to reports on a specific incident or for a specific address. ...

Gwinnett County reports available for 25 cents a page at any precinct 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Homeowner or civic groups can request crime statistics based on a specific location or street, but not by neighborhood, for free by calling 770-513-5215 or e-mailing

Hearing in baby death

Baby sitter faces hearing over death
Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA
She is being held without bond at the Gwinnett jail on charges of murder and cruelty to children. Police said Malone was baby-sitting Jayden Jamison, ...

Friday, April 10, 2009

Babysitter charged in death of 2 month old baby

A 35 year old woman in Lawrenceville has been charged with the death of a 2 month old infant in her care, just one month after the woman was charged with assaulting her 15 year old daughter. She told police that she woke up and found her 4 year old child cradling the baby [more...]

Gwinnett County Jail testing new scanner

Gwinnett County Jail testing detection scanner
WTVM - Columbus,GA,USA
(AP) - The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department is testing a body screening portal at the county jail that can detect hidden contraband on inmates. [...]

Not really visiting a friend

Several businesses in Snellville have been burglarized lately. Police believed that the burglaries were being done by the same person, due to similarities in burglaries in surrounding areas.

Snellville Police received a tip that the criminal might be heading toward Snellville and that the perpetrator might have a black pick-up truck, based on information from burglaries earlier the same day in Loganville.

A Snellville Police officer noticed a black pick-up truck leaving a shopping center off of US78 near N Crestview. A tanning shop and a golf store had been burglarized. The officer followed the vehicle, which turned into the driveway of a residence on North Crestview Road.

The suspect pretended that he was going there to visit a friend, but then admitted he was lying after the officer noted the presence of bits of safety glass on the suspect and his pick up truck. (D'oh!) The suspect was arrested.

Former Snellville court clerk found guilty

A former Snellville deputy Municipal Court clerk has pleaded guilty to stealing $10,700 from the city.

Janet Odum, daughter-in-law of former longtime Snellville Councilman Wayne Odum, was fired in August 2005 after an auditor discovered at least $30,000 in fines and other revenue was missing from Municipal Court. more in AJC by Shane Blatt

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Rise in shoplifting seen

In bad economy, stores face rise in shoplifting
Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA
The Gwinnett County Police Department reported a 7 percent rise....

High unemployment is giving people with less pocket money more free time to roam around stores, said John Heavener, president of the Georgia Retail Association. He blamed the recession for an uptick in shoplifting across the state.

“We think some people who normally would not shoplift may be tempted and actually do shoplift,” Heavener said.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Almost deadly domestic dispute

In late March, 2009, Snellville police had a report of a person who threatening to commit suicide. It's not clear whether it was the husband or the wife who was threatening suicide in this domestic dispute.

The police arrived at the residence, finding the wife outside the house. The police helped the woman, but the man was still inside the house and wanted the police officers to go to the back door of the residence for some reason.

The police went toward the back yard, and the man set his dogs on the officers. The officers could see that the man had a shotgun near his back door. The police went back to the front of the residence.

The police ordered the man to show them his hands. He raised his arms up and officers could see the man had a semi-automatic pistol tucked in his pants. The man was clearly intending to kill the officers. The man was arrested.

Loose lips bring down young outlaws

Two 19 year olds and Two 15 year olds have been charged with burglary and firearm violations after Snellville police received a report about 3 suspicious people shooting in a field behind a residential area.

Police located 3 suspects on Abilene Trail. The police found a resident who said that one of the suspects had been overheard bragging that the trio had broken into a house near there that day.

Some of the stolen items were found in the home of one of the guys. Perhaps it was a panic attack, but one of the guys claimed to be having a heart attack. Medical personnel came to check him out, and since he was found to not be having a true heart attack, he was taken into police custody.

Police say ex shot his ex

Police: Ex Shot Ex
News/Talk 750 WSB - Atlanta,USA
53 year old Derrick Pink and his ex-wife, Joy, were pulled from a burning house in Lawrenceville with gunshot wounds. Authorities say Joy Pink was seeking ...

Gwinnett office park shooting

One Wounded In Gwinnett Office Park Shooting - Atlanta,GA,USA
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga -- One person was shot and wounded in a Gwinnett County office park parking lot Tuesday morning. Channel 2 Action News reporter Manuel ...

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Gwinnett crime news

Gwinnett appoints new prison warden
Duluth Weekly - Duluth,GA,USA
Peek began his career with Gwinnett County in 1979 as a police officer and earned promotions at regular intervals until reaching the rank of captain. ...

Police: Fake Radio Ads Targeted Unemployed - Atlanta,GA,USA
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Officers arrested three people for allegedly taking application fees for jobs that did not exist. Police said the scam targeted the...

Three Arrested for Job
MyFox Atlanta - Atlanta,GA,USA
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. (MyFOX Atlanta) - Three people are behind bars after police said they used a phony business to scam job seekers out of money....

Human trafficking charges dropped against 2 suspects
Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA
By ANDRIA SIMMONS The Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office has chosen not to prosecute two of the five men charged with human trafficking for ...

Monday, April 6, 2009

Snellville anonymous drug tip line

Drug Tip Line

From City of Snellville newsletter:

Please contact us if you have any information concerning illegal drug activity in Snellville.
Please call us at 770-985-7212 (you do not have to leave a name); enter a service request ticket on our website (click on Service Request at the top of the page at and choose
the “Drug Tip” category under Investigations); or email us at

Updates and corrections on Duluth bar scam

Job offers at Duluth ‘club’ were bogus, cops say
Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA
Arrested on April 2 on two misdemeanor counts of theft by deception were: Francisco Vaquera, 20, of Snellville, Jesus Lizaggara, 24, of Snellville and Dora Hernandez...
Escapade 2010

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Police say the bar jobs at Escalade 2010 bar were just a scam

Three people posed as possible employers for Hispanics in the Atlanta area recently. They told job seekers that they were hiring for a new bar.

They would tell the job seekers that they would need certain fee amounts from them, to cover things like liquor licences and uniforms.

It was a scam, say police.

Pictured: Doris Olvera or Doris Hernandez of Snellville in mugshot

Three accused of job scam
Gwinnett Daily Post - Griffin,GA,USA
Police have charged Jesus Lizarraga of Stone Mountain and Francisco Vaquera and Doris Olvera of Snellville with two misdemeanor counts of theft by deception ...