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SSPD PR Pedestrian Fatality 2020-007638

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For Immediate Release

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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For Immediate Release

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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