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Local crime reports May 19

Long County woman arrested for aggravated assault

Lewis Levine

The Statesboro Police Department arrested a Long County woman on May 13, after they completed their investigation of an incident that occurred at a Statesboro restaurant on April 21. Grace Eun Hae Lee, 21, of Ludowici, was arrested, according to the report.

SPD officers responded to 470 South Main Street, the location of a local restaurant/ bar, regarding a female who had entered the premises and threatened multiple employees with a handgun. The report stated the female suspect became irate at the wait to enter the business and pulled a handgun, pointing it at the hostess and pushing her physically. The suspect then pointed the firearm at other employees of the establishment before leaving.

A detective was assigned to the case obtained the video surveillance of the incident and of the suspect’s movements prior to, and after, the incident. This included use of a set of cameras currently linked into the new Fusus Real Time Crime Center. Community tips contributed to the investigation and the detective was able to identify the suspect as Lee. Warrants were issued for Lee’s arrest and she was taken into custody with the assistance of the Long County Sheriff ’s Office. Lee was transported to the Bulloch County Jail where she remains pending further judicial action.

Anyone with information on this case should call SPD at 912-764-9911 or submit an anonymous tip to tips@statesboroga. gov.

Suspects nabbed in armed robbery

Lewis Levine

A Hinesville couple was arrested in connection with an armed robbery on May 7, which occurred outside the Dollar General store located in the 1100 block of West Oglethorpe Highway.

LT. William Oberlander, of the Hinesville Police Department detectives division, said a 56 year old woman was exiting the Dollar General when she was approached by a man believed to be holding a weapon. The man demanded money from the woman who handed over an undisclosed amount of cash to him.

After robbing the woman, the man entered a vehicle and as the vehicle was leaving the parking lot, the woman took a photo of the car which included the license plate number.

The arriving officers and detectives were able to identify the vehicles owner and address. Officers combed the 1200 block of Jubail Drive in the

Eagles Landing subdivision and found the vehicle parked outside of the residence the vehicle was registered to.

Oberlander said officers set up surveillance of the residence and arrested the couple as they exited the home without incident.

Arrested were, Wayman Howard, 34, and Diamond Arroyo, 25, both were charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, and possession of Marijuana with the intent to distribute. As of this posting their bond has been denied by a Liberty County Magistrate Judge.

HPD Blotters

Patty Leon

Discharging a firearm in the City / Damage to property, 2nd degree Officers were dispatched to Harbor Rain Apartments on May 10 after receiving multiple calls of shots being fired in the area of P and W buildings. During their investigations police found six .45 caliber bullets, five 9 mm shell casings, two 9mm bullets and one bullet fragment. Police also found bullet damage on the rear driver’s side fender of a 2015 white Dodge Journey and on the hood of a black Toyota Corolla. Police found the owner of the Dodge Journey and informed her of the damage. They were unable to contact the owner of the Corolla. All the bullets, casings and rounds were placed in the evidence locker.

Failure to appear A police officer was doing a routine walk around the Travel Lodge in Hinesville on May 10, when he walked by a room and caught the smell of marijuana. The officer walked back to his patrol car and ran the tag of the vehicle parked in front of the room. The registered owner of the car had an active arrest warrant for failing to appear in court. The officer called for backup and both officers knocked on the door of the room. The officers confirmed the identity of the person who came to the door as the person with the active warrant. Officers arrested the man and took him to jail where he was issued a bond of $796.

Death investigation On May 10, officers arrived at a home on Fraser Circle in reference to an unresponsive person. As one officer entered the home he saw another officer was already on scene and providing CPR to the person. EMS arrived and took over. The officer asked the man’s girlfriend what happened. The girlfriend reported she woke up and got dressed for work. She said she thought her boyfriend had already left but when she went to use the bathroom she saw him face down on the bed. She reported he was covered in vomit and looked grey.


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