Thursday, June 30, 2016

Armed Robberies at Lincoln & Taylor, Whitaker & Huntingdon

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 11:53 AM

At 9 pm, the police responded to Lincoln and Taylor streets on a report of an armed robbery. The victims reported walking past the three suspects and suddenly one of them ran towards them with a weapon in hand demanding their belongings. The victims complied with their demands and the suspects fled the area.

Suspects: Black male, heavy set, about 5’7” with short twists or braids, wearing a white tank top and dark pants and black bandanna over lower face armed with silver firearm, and two taller black males at about 5’9-5’10, wearing dark clothing.

At 9:15pm, the police responded to the 100 Block of W. Park Ave. on a report of an armed robbery that had occurred at Whitaker and Huntington. The victims reported walking down Whitaker when the suspect suddenly appeared, grabbing one of the victims, and demanding their belongings. That victim was able to get away. The suspect hit one of the other victims with his weapon and fled the scene after he was able to get some of the victim's belongings.

Suspect: Black male, 5'8", 230-250 pounds with short hair, wearing a blue bandanna covering nose and mouth, and carrying a large black handgun.

Detectives are investigating these incidents.

If you have any information that may aid in the investigation of these cases, please contact the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department at 912-652-6500.   

Wanted suspect turns himself into Metro

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 11:49 AM

Christopher Stephen Jones, 30, turned himself into the Chatham County Detention Center, June 29. 

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department Violent Crimes detectives had obtained arrest warrants for a man who fired shots at his wife and attempted to fire shots at two others at approximately 4 p.m., June 22 in the 100 block of Aquinnah Drive.

Jones, 30, had a verbal altercation with his wife that escalated to violence when he fired a gun at the vehicle she was driving.

When two citizens came to assist his wife, he attempted to fire shots at them as well; however, the gun jammed. No injuries occurred during the incident.

Jones is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of reckless conduct. 





Metro Issues July 4 Traffic Reminders

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 11:39 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are gearing up for this weekend’s July 4th and First Friday festivities; and ask the public to be mindful of traffic conditions in the Downtown area.

The annual firework display is set to begin at 9:15 p.m., July 4, and will be visible from River Street. Thousands of firework show spectators are expected to attend.

In anticipation of potential road delays, Metro will increase traffic and foot patrols in the Downtown festival area, starting Friday afternoon. Officers also will patrol Hutchinson Island in greater force to assist with traffic flow, prevent bottle-necking and help move motorists safely. To ensure safety and help minimize delays, motorists are asked to be vigilant, patient and co-operative.

Public parking lots on River Street will close on Monday at about 3 a.m. until early Tuesday afternoon. River Street will close to vehicular traffic Monday at 3 p.m. and will reopen early Tuesday morning.

All traffic and parking laws will be enforced on in Downtown Savannah and Hutchinson Island. Vehicles parked in the roadway, or in a manner that obstructs traffic will be towed at the owner’s expense. Please note that parking vehicles on the Truman Parkway and Talmadge Bridge also is dangerous and illegal.

Interstate 16 will be available to drivers leaving the firework show. To leave Downtown, traffic originating from points beyond Bay Street will be directed away from Martin Luther King Boulevard to other routes, such as Whitaker and West Bay streets. Westbound traffic on Bay Street will be directed to East Lathrop Avenue to access I-16 via Louisville Road.

Police recommend use of city parking garages, where drivers will be given maps for the easiest Downtown exit routes following the firework display. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead, expect delays and heed posted signage. The key components of the traffic plan include:
• Prohibiting traffic from turning southbound onto Whitaker from Bay. Westbound traffic on Bay Street will be directed to alternate routes to I-16 through East Lathrop and Louisville Road, or through Garden City.
• Parking garage traffic will be routed southbound on MLK, Whitaker and Price streets.
• Alternate routes to I-16 are West Gwinnett and 37th streets. Price Street also can be used to get to 37th Street, which will take traffic to westbound I-16.
• Additional signage will be deployed to assist drivers in locating the alternative routes to I-16.
• Traffic may be heavy along Highway 80 for those leaving Tybee Island’s fireworks display. There is a slight potential for shallow coastal flooding due to King Tides July 4. At this time, this flooding is not expected to close Highway 80. Remember if there is shallow coastal flooding: TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN
• Traffic headed toward Wilmington Island via President Street should flow as usual.

Also please remember that the City of Savannah Curfew Law remains in effect for this event. All persons 16 years of age and under must be off the streets at 11 p.m. unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Officers will be enforcing this City Ordinance.

As always you can stay up to date with the latest on the Festival, road closures and other related updates by following the Twitter Feed @SCMPD, Facebook or the website www.scmpd.org.

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Information sought in Wolf Lane shooting

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 11:33 AM

SAVANNAH, GA (June 28, 2016): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department's Robbery Unit is investigating a shooting and reported robbery in the 1000 block of Wolf Lane, at about 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 28.

Investigators responded to Memorial University Medical Center just before noon, where Pierre Byrd, 17, arrived in a privately owned vehicle, seeking care of a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Byrd was reportedly shot during a physical altercation that ensued after an alleged armed robbery. Investigators do not believe Byrd was randomly targeted. This incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with any information on this case should contact the SCMPD tip line. The tip line is open directly to investigators by dialing (912) 525-3124.

Information may also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Task Force nets 16 felony arrests over weekend

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 10:46 AM

The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes Task Force "wrapped up a successful three-day operation that netted 16 felony and seven misdemeanor arrests," a spokesperson says.

“We spent more time this tour targeting specific individuals relating to gun violence,” said Capt. Ashley Brown, commander of the Violent Crimes Task Force. “We were successful in almost every effort.”

Operating overnight June 23-25, the task force conducted the following felony arrests:

· 4 possession of controlled substance

· 4 felony warrants

· 3 theft by receiving stolen firearm

· 2 theft by receiving stolen vehicle

· 2 probation violations

· 1 possession of marijuana with intent to distribute

Officers also issued 48 traffic citations, conducted 42 field interviews, recovered four stolen vehicles and seized 11 firearms, with four of those being reported as stolen.

In addition to SCMPD officers, several other agencies participated in the operation including: Savannah Impact Program, Chatham Counter Narcotics Team, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, the U.S. Marshal Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, probation and parole officers, and the Chatham County District Attorney’s office.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Amy Schumer performs in Savannah this October; tix on sale June 28

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 9:22 AM

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Right off her live announcement on Thursday night to a sold out Madison Square Garden crowd, Amy Schumer will embark on a world tour of over 50 cities.

She plays the Savannah Civic Center on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, June 28 at 10 am.

Further information and tickets at www.amyschumer.com/tour.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Home invasion on the Eastside

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 1:08 PM

Detectives are investigating a home invasion and robbery that occurred at about 3 a.m., June 23, at the Jasmine Place apartment complex in the 2300 block of Downing Avenue.

"The case is still under investigation, but detectives believe the circumstances of the event may not be random," police say.

The suspect is described as a black male with a light complexion, approximately 5-feet, 10-inches tall and 130 pounds. He was wearing a white tank top and basketball shorts.

"He also has the number 21 tattooed on his chest and was armed with a pistol," police say. "The suspect fled the scene with various electronics he stole from the residence."

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Police announce community forum for those transitioning from incarceration

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 1:53 PM

The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s End Gun Violence: Step Forward initiative is holding a Community Forum next Wednesday.

"The forum is for Savannah residents who have a criminal record, convicted felons who are returning to the community after incarceration and community members who want to have a voice about the violence occurring on our streets," police say.

The event will be Wednesday, June 29 at the Moses Jackson Center, 1410 Richards St. from 4-6 p.m.

Project Manager Dr. Maxine Bryant said, “We are holding this forum to hear from people who are directly impacted by gun violence to discuss possible resolutions. We want to hear from them and get their perspectives about why gun violence is escalating and how the community can help reduce it. This also provides us with an opportunity to assess their needs and begin to identify ways to address their needs.” 

Suspect sought in Waters Avenue car theft from dealership

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 1:51 PM

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Detectives are asking the public’s help in identifying a man who stole a car from a dealership at approximately 4:30 p.m., June 15, in the 6700 block of Waters Avenue.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5-feet, 8-inches to 6-feet tall, with a thin build.

"The suspect entered the car dealership and asked for the keys to a gray 2006 BMW 352i while the owner was on the phone. The suspect then walked out of the dealership, got into the car and fled the scene heading southbound on Waters," police say.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information on this case should contact the SCMPD tip line. The tip line is open directly to investigators by dialing (912) 525-3124.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Man found shot to death on Southside

Posted By on Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 9:32 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department Violent Crimes detectives responded to a fatal shooting at approximately 3:45 a.m., June 20, near the intersection of Arrow Street and Seneca Road on the Southside.

"Dezmond Davidson, 26, was found deceased in the roadway when officers arrived on scene," police say. No further details are immediately available. 

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