Saturday, November 1, 2014

Wessels Homes suspects arrested for series of shootings and robberies

Posted By on Sat, Nov 1, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Three men were arrested and a woman detained Thursday in an investigation by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police in a series of shootings, armed robberies, auto thefts and gun discharges,

Geovanni Fredrick Williams, 24, and Bernard William Green, 28, were arrested when Central Precinct Tactical Investigation Unit and SWAT officers stopped their vehicle on Cubbage Street in the Carver Village Neighborhood Thursday afternoon. Tykesha Lawrence, 22, who also was in the vehicle, was detained.

Lawrence’s brother, Eric Lakeem Lawrence, 23, "was arrested when he tried to approach a car in which his sister was detained and fought with Metro and federal officers who tried to stop him," a police spokesman says. "All three of the suspects live in an apartment in the Fred Wessels Homes on the 600 block of East Liberty Street."

Williams has been charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Green, who was released from prison two weeks ago, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and violation of parole. Eric Lawrence is being held on two counts of obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

The men remain in custody as police investigate multiple cases in the area.

TIU and SWAT officers "had warrants for Williams and a search warrant for his residence when an undercover officer noticed them in a vehicle Thursday afternoon. The vehicle was stopped and a weapon recovered. The search warrant was being served on the residence afterward when Eric Lawrence intervened. Another weapon was found in the apartment," police say.

The aggravated assault charge against Williams stems from a Sept. 2 shooting at West 34th and Montgomery streets. Darius Holmes, 39, of the 200 block of East Duffy Street, was treated for non-life threatening wounds after the 11:51 p.m. shooting.

Williams also was charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and providing a false name to police on Sept. 18 when Islands Precinct Patrol officers heard shots being fired and stopped an SUV with multiple occupants.

"A weapon with an extra ammunition magazine was found in the vehicle and Williams gave false information when questioned by the officers. The weapon had been reported stolen from Williams’ apartment in a burglary in September," police say.

Officers also recovered a stolen pickup truck near the traffic stop on the SUV that night and have tied it into the investigation.

Williams also was being sought for questioning in the July 18 shooting of a woman in the 700 block of West 35thStreet when he was "pursued into a house where a 10-month-old baby had been left sleeping on July 28. Metro SWAT officers surrounded the house but not before he had escaped from a back window. The baby and her mother were unharmed," police say.

TIU and Violent Crimes detectives as well as agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are continuing to investigate and anticipate additional charges.

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