Gettin' churched 

Police are attempting to identify two males who entered the Isle of Hope United Methodist Church and took items.

The two men, wearing shorts and attempting to cover their faces, were caught on surveillance cameras. Footage from those cameras is being distributed to the media in an attempt to identify the suspects.

Islands Precinct detectives are asking anyone who can help identify the two males to share that information by calling Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637).

• A North Carolina man wanted for rape and assault by the Wilmington, North Carolina Police Department was arrested in Savannah by the United States Marshals last week.

Josue Javier Fernandez-Barrios, 21, was wanted on charges of rape and assault that happened over the weekend of July 27/28, 2013 in Wilmington.

The North Carolina Marshals developed information that Fernandez-Barrios might have taken a Greyhound bus from Wilmington, NC to Savannah, possibly arriving late Aug. 1, and that he could be in the area of the Thunderbird Motel and the Savannah Bus Station.

A Savannah Task Force member observed a subject matching Fernanadez-Barrios' description sitting on a wall on the Oglethorpe Avenue side of the bus station. The subject was arrested. Fernandez-Barrios admitted his identity. Further information from North Carolina indicated that Fernandez-Barrios might have been enroute to Miami.

Fernandez-Barrios had a bus ticket in his pocket, but it is not known if it was to go to Miami. Fernandez-Barrios was arrested without incident and taken to the Chatham County Jail to await extradition back to North Carolina.

• Detectives and patrol officers made an arrest in connection to an armed robbery at an east Savannah store last month.

This past Thursday, Steven R. Carter, 48, was taken into custody at a residence on the 1000 block of East 38th Street. Investigators believe Carter is the gunman who on the evening of July 23 entered the Family Dollar on the 1900 block of East Gwinnett Street and robbed the store clerk. Carter is charged with armed robbery.

• Central Precinct's "All Hands on Deck" operation helped lead police to the arrest of three convicted felons and the seizures of weapons, drugs and cash during a search of a house.

 The incident started about noon with a traffic stop on East 32nd Street and Waters. The driver ran from the car to a house a block away at 33rd and Waters. He was seen tossing a firearm as he ran from police.

Occupants of an apartment in the house saw the pursuit directed toward them and several males began running from the house as well.

Officers closed off a four- block perimeter, entrapping the other two suspects who were found hiding by SCMPD K9 officers.

SCMPD detectives and a Chatham County Sheriff's Office gun dog executed a search warrant and collected five more firearms, including AK-style assault rifles and a 75-round magazine, semi-automatic pistols, crack cocaine, and a military-style ballistic jacket.

Police also found photos of themselves and other police officers that were taken during a similar operation a year ago that had been printed out by the suspects.



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