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SSPD Press Release Child Sexually Abusive Material (pornography) Arrest 2021-009056

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SANDY SPRINGS, GA (August 31, 2021) – The Sandy Springs Police Department (SSPD) has made an arrest following an investigation of a Sandy Springs resident possessing child sexually abusive material (child pornography) and making obscene and inappropriate sexual contact with a minor over the internet.

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SSPD Press Release: Homicide Investigation 2021-008664

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SANDY SPRINGS, GA (August 23, 2021) – The Sandy Springs Police Department has made an arrest following the August 17th homicide of 22 year old Yemi Ezekiel and the aggravated assault of a surviving victim. Earlier today, Sandy Springs Detectives took 35-year-old Cortney Demar White into custody after he contacted them to surrender. White has been arrested and charged with the following:


  • Murder
  • Aggravated Assault with Intent to Murder (2 counts)
  • Aggravated Battery

As a result of this investigation, arrest warrants were also issued for 25-year-old Devonte Lavonne Childs; however, as of the time of this update, his whereabouts are unknown and remains a fugitive. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Childs is asked to contact 911 immediately. Additionally, the investigator in this case is Detective Pearson and he can be contacted This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 770-551-6939

White Captured

  

Devonte L. Childs Cortney D. White **CAPTURED**
Murder Murder
Poss. of a firearm during commission of felony Aggravated Assault w/ intent to murder
Poss. of a firearm during commission of felony Aggravated Assault w/ intent to murder
Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon Aggravated battery
Aggravated Assault w/ intent to murder  

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UPDATE 3

SANDY SPRINGS, GA (August 20, 2021) – Sandy Springs Police Detectives have issued arrest warrants in connection to the August 17th homicide of 22 year old Yemi Ezekiel Mabiaku in the parking lot of 2090 Dunwoody Club Drive. Wanted in connection to this case is 25-year-old Devonte Lavonne Childs and 35-year-old Cortney Demar White.

The whereabouts of both suspects are currently unknown, as they remain at large. Both suspects are considered armed and extremely dangerous. Cortney White may be driving a 2009 Cadillac DTS with Georgia tag: RYK0197. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of both Childs and White is asked to contact 911 immediately. Additionally, the investigator in this case is Detective Pearson and he can be contacted This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 770-551-6939

  Childs White

Devonte L. Childs Cortney D. White
Murder Murder
Poss. of a firearm during commission of felony Aggravated Assault w/ intent to murder
Poss. of a firearm during commission of felony Aggravated Assault w/ intent to murder
Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon Aggravated battery
Aggravated Assault w/ intent to murder  

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 UPDATE 2

SANDY SPRINGS, GA (August 18, 2021) – Sandy Springs Police Detectives have revealed the motive of the homicide now being investigated. During the course of the investigation, Detectives were able to determine that all parties are known to each other and all met at 2090 Dunwoody Club Drive to carry out a drug transaction involving a large amount of marijuana. During the drug transaction, shots were fired and both victims were struck; one of them receiving fatal injuries.

Detectives continue to analyze evidence and interview multiple witnesses and are asking anyone with information to contact Sandy Springs Police Detective Pearson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 770-551-6939

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UPDATE 1

SANDY SPRINGS, GA (August 18, 2021) – The deceased victim has been identified as 22-year-old Yemi Ezekiel Mabiaku from Atlanta. The identity of the surviving victim is being withheld to protect his safety. Detectives continue to analyze evidence and interview multiple witnesses and are asking the public to contact them should they have any information pertaining to this investigation.

The lead investigator is Detective Pearson and he can be reached via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 770-551-6939

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Victim: Mabiaku, Yemi E

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE

SANDY SPRINGS, GA (August 18, 2021) – The Sandy Springs Police Department is investigating a double shooting that resulted in the death of a 22-year-old male victim.

Incident:

On August 17, 2021 at 5:20 PM, Sandy Springs Police Officers responded to 2090 Dunwoody Club Drive, Orchard Park Shopping Center after receiving multiple calls of shots being fired in the parking lot. As Officers were on the way, the call was upgraded to two persons shot and both still in the parking lot. Officers arrived to the shopping center and immediately started rendering first aid on both victims until the arrival of medical services. Both males were transported to a nearby hospital where one died as a result of his injuries. The second victim, suffering from at least one gunshot wound was rushed into surgery and is now considered to be in stable condition and his injures are now being described as non-life-threatening.

Officers and Detectives immediately started processing the scene and interviewing witnesses. Although this investigation is very active and in the early stages, Detectives were able to determine that this was not a random act of violence and learned that all those involved are known to each other. Additionally, both victims were at the shopping center together and arrived to meet with the perpetrator(s). Detectives continue to analyze evidence and interview witnesses, to include the surviving victim.

The identity of the deceased victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact Sandy Springs Police Detective Tomlin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 770-551-3321

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SSPD Case Number: 2021-008664

Media Contact: Sgt. S. Ortega

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Police shut down party house on Heards Ferry, make three arrests

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The Sandy Springs Police Department has made two arrests following an investigation which started after receiving numerous complaints of a large residential party on Heards Ferry Road.


Incident:


On Saturday July 24th just after 10PM, Sandy Springs Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Heards Ferry Road near Weatherly Drive after receiving numerous complaints of a possible concert being held behind a residence. Officers arrived and noticed hundreds of vehicles parked on Weatherly Drive and adjacent streets to Heards Ferry Road. The vehicles were improperly parked on both sides of the street; making it impossible for emergency vehicles to get through in the event of an emergency. As officers continued to investigate the source of the music, they located a large group of people congregated at 711 Heards Ferry Road.
As officers continued their investigation, they located a live music band putting on a concert for approximately 500-600 people who were in attendance. Officers ended the party and asked everyone to leave. While looking for the homeowner, Officers were able to see a drink station composed of a bartender serving alcoholic beverages. Further, officers noticed that most of the party-goers appeared to be underage and many showed signs of intoxication. In addition to the underage drinking and the sales of alcoholic beverages, Officers smelled the odor of what they commonly associate with burnt marijuana throughout the back yard.
The homeowner was found and was identified as 54 year old Timothy Gregg Osby. Mr. Osby informed the officers that he did not have a permit issued by the City of Sandy Springs to have a large party or concert and that he did not have a business license or permit to sale alcoholic beverages, merchandise or to charge an admission fee. Mr. Osby explained that this event was simply for his daughter’s music band. After further investigation, Officers learned this concert was advertised on social media and was planned and coordinated by Mr. Osby and his ex-wife, Samantha Osby.

At the conclusion of this investigation, Mr. Osby was arrested and charged with the following:

· Operating a Special Event without a permit (City of Sandy Springs Ordinance)
· Furnishing Alcoholic Beverages to Persons under 21 years of Age (City of Sandy Springs Ordinance)
· Disorderly Conduct for possessing of marijuana (City of Sandy Springs Ordinance)

52 year old Samantha Osby was arrested and charged with the following:

· Operating a Special Event without a permit (City of Sandy Springs Ordinance)
The Officers estimated between 500 and 600 persons attended this concert at the residence and the majority of them appeared to be underage. As the partygoers were leaving the home, several of them yelled profanities at Officers and several threw items at police vehicles.


An 18th year old female was also arrested after refusing to get off the roadway and go home. The female was intoxicated and refused to cooperate with officers. She was charged with the following:

· False Representation to Police (City of Sandy Springs Ordinance)
· Public Intoxication (City of Sandy Springs Ordinance)


All three defendants will appear before a Sandy Springs Municipal Court Judge to address the above listed charges. This case has also been referred to the Sandy Springs Fire Department’s Fire Marshal as well as to the Sandy Springs Code Enforcement Department for review and additional charges are possible.

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SSPD Press Release 2021-005425; Marcell Ozuna Domestic Violence Arrest

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SANDY SPRINGS, GA (May 29, 2021) – The Sandy Springs Police Department has arrested 30 year old Marcell Ozuna Idelfonso pursuant to a domestic violence investigation.

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SSPD Press Release Fatal Hit & Run 2021-004191

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UPDATE

SANDY SPRINGS, GA (April 29, 2021)This is an update to the fatal-hit-and run from earlier this week where 25 year old Michael Farmer and his dog, Bruce were killed after being struck by a vehicle driven by Dominique Houston who then fled the scene.


The suspect was apprehended later that evening and charged with multiple crimes to include felony vehicular homicide among many others. Our Traffic Investigators continued to investigate the case and through their investigation were able to gather more data and info that has led them to secure additional arrest warrants against the suspect, Dominique Houston. As our Investigators were about to serve these warrants at the Fulton County jail, they learned the suspect had already been released. Our investigators are attempting to locate Ms. Houston and arrest her on the new charges. The new charges include the following:

  • Speeding 68 MPH in a 35
  • Failure to Obey Traffic Control Devices
  • Failure to Obey Traffic Control Devices
  • Failure to Yield to Pedestrian In Crosswalk (as she nearly struck a second pedestrian at another intersection)
  • Possession of Schedule 1 Narcotics
  • Cruelty to Animals
  • Drivers to Use Due Care when Approaching a Pedestrian

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Sandy Springs Police Traffic Investigator Needham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 470-306-8040

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For Immediate Release

SANDY SPRINGS, GA (April 26, 2021) – The Sandy Springs Police Department has made an arrest following an investigation of fatal a hit-and-run incident which resulted in the death of a pedestrian and his dog.

Incident: On Sunday April 25, 2021 before 8 PM, Sandy Springs Police Officers responded to Hammond Drive near Glenridge Drive regarding a hit-and-run incident involving a pedestrian. Responding Officers arrived and located the 25 year old victim that had been struck while walking his dog on Hammond Drive. The investigation revealed that a white sedan vehicle, traveling eastbound struck the victim and fled the scene. The victim and his dog suffered fatal injuries as a result of this collision.

Sandy Springs Police Traffic Investigators learned that minutes prior to this deadly incident, the same hit-and-run vehicle had been involved in an additional hit-and-run crash with another vehicle while in the area of Roswell Road and I-285. The suspect was fleeing the first incident at a high-rate of speed when it struck the pedestrian and his dog; causing fatal injuries to both.

SSPD Traffic Investigators through their investigation learned the identity of the suspect vehicle, a 2020 white Chevy Malibu with a Florida tag. With the assistance of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle and occupant was located in Newnan, Georgia. SSPD Traffic Investigators responded to Newnan where they brought in the female suspect to be interviewed at SSPD headquarters. Additionally, the Chevy Malibu was also removed from Newnan and taken to SSPD as evidence.

The suspect, identified as 38 year old Dominique Houston of Newnan was interviewed by SSPD Investigators and subsequently arrested and charged with the following:

  • Following too closely
  • Hit and Run (two counts)
  • Vehicular Homicide, 1st Degree
  • Reckless Driving

The victim was identified as 25 year old Michael Farmer of Sandy Springs and his dog, a Catahoula named Bruce.

The suspect has been booked into the Fulton County Jail on the above charges and is awaiting prosecution.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Sandy Springs Police Traffic Investigator Needham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 470-306-8040

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SSPD Case Number: 2021-004191  

Media Contact: Sgt. S. Ortega

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SSPD Press Release- Homicide Investigation-ARREST 2021-003614

For Immediate Release

SANDY SPRINGS, GA (April 12, 2021) – The Sandy Springs Police Department has made an arrest following a homicide investigation of a 25 year old man.

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SSPD Press Release- Homicide Investigation-ARREST 2021-003421

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SANDY SPRINGS, GA (April 7, 2021) – The Sandy Springs Police Department has made an arrest following a homicide investigation of a 73 year old woman.

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SSPD Press Release- Homicide Investigation-ARREST 2021-003257

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For Immediate Release

SANDY SPRINGS, GA (April 2, 2021) – The Sandy Springs Police Department has made an arrest following a homicide investigation of a nine (9) month old infant killed by his babysitter.

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SSPD Press Release Double Homicide Investigation UPDATE ARRESTS 2021-001497

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For Immediate Release

UPDATE

SANDY SPRINGS, GA (February 22, 2021) – The Sandy Springs Police Department has made two additional arrests in connection to the February 11, 2021 homicide investigation in which two victims died as a result gunshot-related injuries.

Sandy Springs Police Detectives have taken 40 year old Ge Vang and 19 year old Mushfiq Ali Nafi into custody and both have been charged with the following:

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SSPD Press Release Double Homicide Investigation ARREST 2020-001497

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SANDY SPRINGS, GA (February 15, 2021) – The Sandy Springs Police Department with the assistance from the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol, and the Calhoun Police Department has made an arrest following a murder investigation originated from a triple shooting that resulted in the deaths of two victims on February 11, 2021.

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SSPD Press Release- Home Invasion/Homicide Investigation ARREST

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SANDY SPRINGS, GA (February 10, 2021) – The Sandy Springs Police Department with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service (USMS) has made an arrest following a Home Invasion & Homicide investigation that took place on December 14, 2020.

 

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Homicide Investigation Arrest; 2nd Arrest 2020-012654 UPDATE

UPDATE


SANDY SPRINGS, GA (January 27, 2021) – The Sandy Springs Police Department has made a second arrest following the homicide investigation of a 2 year old child killed on December 9, 2020. Pursuant to this investigation, Sandy Springs Police Detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of babysitter Kirstie Flood’s boyfriend, 28 year old Jeffrey Scott Meyers of Sandy Springs.

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CITY OF SANDY SPRINGS APPROVES PURCHASE OF ADDITIONAL BODY CAMERAS FOR POLICE

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (Dec. 1, 2020) – The Sandy Springs City Council has approved a contract with Axon to ensure that all Sandy Springs Police Officers are equipped with body cameras. The agreement, not to exceed $2,263,184.67 over five years, consolidates the City’s existing contracts with Axon, upgrades current equipment, in addition to adding 40 new body cameras. The upgrade in systems aligns with the City Council’s adopted priorities with Public Safety a key priority.

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SSPD PR Fatal Pedestrian Hit & Run ARREST 2020-008343

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SANDY SPRINGS, GA (August 20, 2020) – The Sandy Springs Police Department’s Traffic Unit has made an arrest following the investigation of a fatal hit-and-run incident that resulted in the death of a pedestrian.

Incident:

On Wednesday August 19, 2020 at 2:42 AM, Sandy Springs Police Officers responded to the area of GA 400 North near Spalding Drive regarding a pedestrian that had been struck by a vehicle. Officers arrived to the area and located the deceased victim on the highway. Sandy Springs Police Traffic Investigators, after speaking with witnesses and gathering evidence were able to determine that the involved vehicle had fled the scene upon striking the victim.

On Wednesday evening, Traffic Investigators, through their investigation learned the identity of the vehicle and driver responsible for causing the death of the victim. Members of the Sandy Springs Police Traffic Unit and Street Crimes Unit located and arrested the driver, identified as 34 year old Hugo Rodriguez-Perez. The suspect was taken into custody at a residence in Douglasville, GA without incident and the 2007 Honda Civic was taken to the Sandy Springs Police Department for processing.

The suspect has been charged with the following:

  • Felony Vehicular Homicide, 1st degree
  • Felony Hit and Run
  • Other charges are forthcoming, pending the conclusion of the investigation

Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact Sandy Springs Police Traffic Investigator Gilmore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 770-551-6915

The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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SSPD PR Pedestrian Fatality 2020-007638

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SANDY SPRINGS, GA (August 2, 2020) – The Sandy Springs Police Department has made an arrest following an investigation of a fatal vehicle crash that resulted in the death of a pedestrian.

Incident:

On Sunday August 2, 2020 at 2:40 AM, Sandy Springs Police Officers responded to the area of I-285 East near Northside Drive regarding a pedestrian that had been struck by a vehicle. Officers arrived to the area and located the deceased victim on the interstate. About half-mile east from the primary scene, SSPD Officers located a pick-up truck with heavy damage. Through speaking with witnesses, Officers were able to corroborate that this pick-up truck and its driver were involved in the incident. The driver, identified as 32 year old James Daniel Worsham from Acworth, GA was determined to have been driving under the influence and was taken into custody. Sandy Springs Traffic Investigators have charged Worsham with the following:

  • Failure to Maintain Lane
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Vehicular Homicide
    • Additional Charges are pending*

The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to please contact SSPD Traffic Investigator Head at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Worsham has been taken to the Fulton County Jail on the above charges

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SSPD Press Release Murder Arrest- Kay Thomasson Case

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SANDY SPRINGS, GEORGIA (July 2, 2020) – An arrest was made today, closing a chapter in the 2018 murder of Kay Thomasson. The Sandy Springs Police Department, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Office, located the suspect this morning at an address in Decatur, Georgia, just days after the second anniversary of her death. 

On June 27, 2018, 71-year-old Kay Thomasson was murdered in the early morning hours at her Sandy Springs home on Old Woodbine Road in the Derby Hills neighborhood. After a dedicated investigation utilizing all technologies at their disposal, Sandy Springs Police Detectives were able to identify 24-year-old James Christopher Jones as the person responsible for murdering Thomasson. This morning Mr. Jones was taken into custody in Dekalb County without incident. 

Sandy Springs Police Detectives took custody of Jones and transported him to Fulton County Jail. Under this investigation, James Christopher Jones has been charged with the following:

  • Murder 
  • Murder During the Commission of a Burglary 
  • Aggravated Assault with Intent to Murder 
  • Burglary 1st Degree 
  • False Imprisonment 
  • Theft by Taking Motor Vehicle 

“This case was very complex, and our detectives worked non-stop to bring it to a successful conclusion with an arrest. We want to thank the U.S. Marshals Office for their continued partnership and support in making this arrest,” said Sandy Springs Police Chief Ken DeSimone.   

If anyone has any additional information on this case, please contact SSPD Detective JT Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 770-551-6937

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T-Mobile Armed Robbery- Arrest & Investigation 06/17/2020

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SANDY SPRINGS, GEORGIA (June 17, 2020) – Just after 11:30 AM, Sandy Springs Police Officers were dispatched to the T-Mobile store located at 5650 Roswell Rd regarding an armed robbery that had just occurred. A lookout on the suspects was provided and our Officers spotted them driving the getaway vehicle in the area of Mount Vernon Highway and Hammond Drive. As the suspects attempted to make a turn onto Heards Ferry Rd, they crashed with a vehicle that was stopped at the traffic light at that intersection. The suspects sideswiped another vehicle and continued travelling on Mt. Vernon Highway before their vehicle became disabled.

The suspects abandoned their heavily damaged vehicle and fled on foot in different directions towards the neighborhood. An Officer with our Traffic Unit quickly apprehend the first suspect without incident. The second suspect was located hiding behind a home within the River Shore Estates Subdivision and he too was taken into custody without incident.

Robbery Investigation:

 Both suspects entered the T-Mobile store wearing facemasks and displaying handguns. The suspects rounded up the four store employees, taking them to the back of the store and tying them with zip-ties. The suspects stole numerous cellphones from the stores as well as the vehicle keys from one of the employees. One of the suspects attempted to steal the employee’s vehicle, but left it running in the parking lot for unknown reasons. Both suspects then fled the scene in their getaway vehicle, a 2019 grey Ford Fusion which was involved in a vehicle crash on Mount Vernon Highway and Heard Ferry Road a short time later.

The suspects have been identified as 33 year old Tarris Young from Union City, GA and 23 year old Zacchaeus Tillman from Atlanta, GA. Both have been charged with the following:

Armed Robbery X2 Felony Fleeing & attempted to elude
Aggravated Assault w/intent to commit Armed Robbery X4 Reckless Driving
False Imprisonment X4 VGCSA Possession of Cocaine X2
Possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony X6
Possession of a firearm X6

Although this was a traumatic incident for the T-Mobile employees, none of them were physically injured as a result of this robbery. The occupants of the two vehicles that were struck by the getaway vehicle were not seriously injured. All the stolen property was recovered as well as the two firearms used in the robbery.

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SSPD Homicide Arrest & Investigation 06/07

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SANDY SPRINGS, GA (June 7, 2020) – On June 6, 2020 before 7:30 pm, Sandy Springs Police Officers responded to the parking lot of the Hilton Hotel located at 6120 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road regarding a person who had been shot. Officers arrived to find the female victim suffering from at least one gunshot wound inside a vehicle. After speaking with several witnesses a description of the suspect was obtained and Officers learned that he had fled on foot. A short-time later, Officers received a call that a male matching the description of the suspect had attempted to commit a carjacking near the intersection of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Hammond Drive.

During the carjacking attempt, the suspect shot the driver and fled the scene, without being able to steal the vehicle. The suspect subsequently carjacked another vehicle in the vicinity; without harming the driver. The suspect drove a short distance before crashing in the area of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Central Park Drive. The suspect again attempted to carjack other vehicles on Peachtree-Dunwoody Road before being struck by one of those vehicles. The suspect attempted to flee on foot; however, he was apprehended by Sandy Springs Police Officers without further incident.

The victim, a 24 year old female from Wadesboro, North Carolina was pronounced dead at the hospital. The suspect was identified as 25 year old Fortune Jaquan Spencer from Lilesville, North Carolina. The investigation has revealed this incident to be domestic-related as the victim and suspect were in a relationship. The carjacked motorist that was also injured by the suspect is expected to recover and his injuries are non-life-threatening.

Although this investigation is still on-going, Sandy Springs Police Detectives will be charging the suspect with the following:

  • Murder
  • Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony X3
  • Motor Vehicle Hijacking
  • Motor Vehicle Hijacking – Attempt
  • Aggravated Assault

Additional charges are anticipated at the conclusion of the investigation. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact SSPD Detective Morgan at 770-551-2591 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Fatal Vehicle Crash- GA400 05/10

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SANDY SPRINGS, GA (May 10, 2020) – At 12:41 AM, Sandy Springs Police was dispatched to State Route 400-North near the MARTA entrance ramp regarding a vehicular accident with injuries to include a deceased victim. The investigation is being handled by the Sandy Springs Police Department’s Traffic Unit, Investigator N. Trujillo.

Incident: While on SR-400-North, an unknown black vehicle caused a collision with two other vehicles. One of those vehicles, a 2017 Hyundai Elantra sustained disabling damage and came to an uncontrolled rest in the number one and two lanes of SR-400. Two Good Samaritan motorists stopped to assist the driver of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra and his two passengers. One of the Good Samaritans asked all three individuals to get into her vehicle so that they could move away from the dangers of being in the middle of the roadway.

The two passengers of the Elantra were able to enter the vehicle of one of the Good Samaritans. A 2006 Toyota Sienna minivan, also travelling on SR-400 North lost control, its driver attempted to overcorrect the vehicle, however lost control and struck the driver of the Elantra as he was trying to enter the vehicle of one of the Good Samaritans. The Toyota Sienna then struck the vehicle of the Good Samaritan, causing the passenger (of the Sienna) to receive serious injuries. The driver of the Elantra suffered fatal injuries as a result of the impact. After the crash, the driver of the Toyota Sienna fled the scene, leaving behind a deceased victim in the roadway and his passenger with serious injuries.

The driver of the Toyota Sienna has been identified as 31 year old Kiara Stinner of Brunswick, GA. As a result of this deadly incident, Stinner is now wanted by the Sandy Springs Police Department for the following:

  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Serious Injury by Vehicle
  • Reckless Driving
  • Driving While License Suspended
  • Hit and Run

Mr. Stinner’s whereabouts are unknown and remains at large. Anyone with information on this incident, to include the dark vehicle that caused the initial collision or the whereabouts of the offender is urged to contact SSPD Traffic Unit Investigator N. Trujillo at 770-551-2563

                                                                      

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Fatal Hit-&-Run Investigation-Arrest

The Sandy Springs Police Department has made an arrest following an investigation of fatal a hit-and-run that resulted in the death of a bicyclist.

Incident: On Friday April 24, 2020 before 6 PM, Sandy Springs Police Officers responded to Glenridge Drive, north of I-285 regarding a hit-and-run incident involving a bicyclist. Responding Officers arrived and located the 57 year old victim that had been struck while riding his bicycle north on Glenridge Drive. The investigation revealed that a white pick-up truck, traveling northbound struck the victim and fled the scene. The victim suffered fatal injuries as a result of this collision.

This morning, members of the Sandy Springs Police Department, Traffic Unit, through their investigation learned the identity of the pick-up truck and the driver responsible for causing the death of the victim. Traffic Unit Officers located and arrested the driver, identified as 42 year old Leonardo Angulo Banos of Norcross, GA. The offender was arrested in the area of Hope Road and Roswell Road in Sandy Springs without incident and the pick-up truck was taken to the Sandy Springs Police Department for processing.

Banos has been charged with the following:

  • Felony Vehicular Homicide, 1st degree
  • Felony Hit-and-Run
  • Reckless Driving
  • Distracted Driving (Hands Free Law)
  • Failure to Maintain Lane
  • Other charges forthcoming, pending the conclusion of the investigation

Banos was taken to the Fulton County Jail on the above charges

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Mayor: Empty Ga. 400 now like NASCAR

Fewer drivers on the road due to the coronavirus outbreak should not translate to excessive speeding when folks leave home, said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul.

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Keep Calm and Wash your Hands

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Keep Calm and Wash your Hands

 

 
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Traffic Safety Tip Video- Speeding

SSPD’s first educational video on traffic safety brought to you by our Traffic Unit. In this edition, Officer Needham talks about SPEEDING and provides some very interesting facts. If you need to get in touch with officer Needham, please email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Sandy Springs Police Launches Business Check Request Program

Business Check SSPD LogoIn response to many businesses being closed to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Sandy Springs Police Department wants to let business owners know that we are here for them. Effective immediately, the Sandy Springs Police Department has launched a new program where business owners can request the police department to check on their businesses while they remain closed.

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SSPD Headquarters Closed to the Public

SANDY SPRINGS, GEORGIA (March 15, 2020). Following Georgia Governor Kemp’s declaration of a health care emergency and to continue efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), effective immediately, The Sandy Spring Police Department will close its headquarters to the general public until further notice. Sandy Spring Police will continue to respond to all emergencies. If you need to file a non-emergency police report, please contact our communications center at 404-843-6670 and an officer will contact you. If you have an emergency, please dial 911.

Services that will be affected due to this closure include criminal histories, background checks, and all other permit related applications. Additionally, Sandy Springs officials are closing all city facilities, including city hall and municipal court, to the public until further notice. Individuals are encouraged to use the City’s online channels and Call Center (770-730-5600) for assistance in doing city business.

Should you have any questions, please contact Sergeant S. Ortega at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via phone at 770-551-6949.

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Covid-19 (Corona Virus) Educational Information

Covid SSPD InfoNEWCOVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID-19, also commonly called Coronavirus, is a severe acute respiratory virus. According to the World Health Organization, viruses are named based on their genetic structure to facilitate the development of diagnostic tests, vaccines and medicines.  Click here to view an informational presentation on COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control is the City's official resource for information on COVID-19:. Below is general information from the CDC. Please visit CDC.gov for additional information.

How COVID-19 Spreads

The virus thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
  • Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Symptoms

For confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Community Preparedness  (non-pharmaceutical interventions)

  • Voluntary Home Isolation: Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to COVID-19-related virus.
  • Respiratory Etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can.
  • Hand Hygiene: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
  • Environmental Health Action: Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects

Additional everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.

o   CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

o   Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Handwashing Guidelines

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

Follow these five steps every time.

1.      Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.

2.      Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

3.      Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.

4.      Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

5.      Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

CDC Recommendations for COVID-19 Outbreaks in a Community

  • Personal Protective Measures. During an outbreak in your community, CDC recommends the everyday preventive measures listed above—especially staying home when sick—and taking these additional measures:

o   Keeping away from others who are sick.

o   Limiting face-to-face contact with others as much as possible

o   Consulting with your healthcare provider if you or your household members are at high risk for COVID-19 complications

o   Wearing a face mask if advised to do so by your healthcare provider or by a public health official

o   Staying home when a household member is sick with respiratory disease symptoms, if instructed to do so by public health officials or a health care provider (Voluntary Home Quarantine)

  • Community Measures. If COVID-19 disease is occurring in your community, state and local public health authorities may decide to implement:

o   Temporary closures or dismissals of childcare facilities and schools

o   Other social distancing measures that increase the physical space between people, including:

o   Workplace social distancing measures, such as replacing in-person meetings with teleworking

o   Modifying, postponing, or cancelling mass gatherings.

Decisions about the implementation of community measures will be made by local and state officials, in consultation with federal officials as appropriate, and based on the scope of the outbreak and the severity of illness.  Implementation will require extensive community engagement and ongoing and transparent public health communications.

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Sandy Springs police warning against purse thieves

Sandy Springs police are warning residents to be careful with their hard-earned money.  

Sandy Springs police shared multiple photos of people accused of doing just that.

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Source Fox5: https://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/sandy-springs-police-warning-against-purse-thieves

 

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Sandy Springs Police add electric motorcycles for crime prevention

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 This week, for the first time, the department sent officers out on patrol on two new electric motorcycles.

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Sandy Springs PD use bait car to nab Entering Auto Suspect

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A backpack equipped with a tracking device and placed in an unlocked car led Sandy Springs police directly to a man accused of breaking into vehicles Tuesday evening, authorities said.

The department began deploying the bait car recently as a way to combat an increase of auto break-ins and thefts in the city, Sandy Springs police spokesman Sgt. Sam Worsham said. The vehicle was donated to the department by an insurance company.

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Sandy Springs Police: Alarm calls are down 32% since the true verification ordinance was enacted

In the 4½ months since the city of Sandy Springs’ amended false alarm ordinance took effect, the burden false alarm calls have placed on its Chattahoochee River 911 Authority has dropped drastically.

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One GA City Ranked Among America's Safest Cities

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SANDY SPRINGS, GA — Sandy Springs was named among the safest cities in the United States, according to financial news site 24/7 Wall St. It was the only Georgia city on the list.

The America's Safest Cities report ranked metro areas with at least 100,000 people, using several different criteria.

Our city finished 17th on the overall list.


  • 2018 Violent Crime Rate: 117.8 per 100,000 people
  • 2018 Homicides: 2
  • Poverty Rate: 11.2 percent
  • 2018 Unemployment Rate: 3.1 percent

"Sandy Springs is a suburb of approximately 109,000 residents located in Fulton County, just north of Atlanta," the report says. "While in Atlanta there were 769 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents in 2018 — more than twice the national violent crime rate — Sandy Springs is one of the safest cities in the country. In 2018, there were just 118 reported murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults per 100,000 residents in Sandy Springs, far less than the national violent crime rate of 369 incidents per 100,000 Americans."

The city of Sandy Springs incorporated in 2005, and it is the sixth largest city in Georgia and the second largest city in the metropolitan Atlanta area.

To find the 50 safest cities in the United States, 24/7 Wall St. went through the FBI's 2018 Uniform Crime Report and found the total number and rates of murder, non-negilent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Thel site also used the U.S. Census Bureau's 2017 American Community Survey to find the median household income and poverty rates for the cities.

Irvine, California ranked as the safest city in the nation, followed by Naperville, Illinois and Murrieta, California.

"The cities with the lowest violent crime rates tend to share several other socioeconomic characteristics as well — notably, economic prosperity. Indeed, the vast majority of the cities on the list have a low unemployment rate and a high median household income," authors of the America's Safest Cities report said.

Here are the top 10 safest cities in the United States:

  1. Irvine, California
  2. Naperville, Illinois
  3. Murrieta, California
  4. McAllen, Texas
  5. Frisco, Texas
  6. Gilbert, Arizona
  7. Pearland, Texas
  8. Thousand Oaks, California
  9. Glendale, California
  10. League City, Texas
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911 false alarm calls decline in Sandy Springs

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SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (CBS46) – Sandy Springs Police said their new verification ordinance designed to cut down on false alarm calls has already caused a drastic decrease in calls.

The city's true verification ordinance went into effect June 19.

Sandy Springs is the first city in Georgia to require alarm companies to verify a burglar or intruder alarm by using audio, video, or an in-person verification before notifying 911.

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