Final fairgrounds suspect indicted

The last of nine suspects indicted for murder and gang violence in September was captured last week by detectives and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Tashard Kelly Orr, 20, was arrested in an apartment on Rainbow Court by officers of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police and the Marshalls' Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force

He was among those indicted Sept. 11, 2013. Orr was indicted for two counts of felony murder, 23 counts of violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, 10 counts of felony aggravated assault, nine counts of possession of a firearm in committing a crime, participating in gang activity, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana.

"The indicted are accused of participating in gang activity with the Hell Hole Gang centered in the Montgomery Street area east of the Savannah Exchange Club Fairgrounds," a police spokesman says. "The charges evolved from a joint operation by Metro Police and the Chatham County District Attorney's Office focusing on gang-related crimes."

The charges partially stem from the shooting death of Tiyates Lamont Franklin, 19, on River Street on the morning of Sept. 1, 2012. "That shooting, in part, led to a confrontation between the Hell Hole and Tatemville gangs in which eight people were shot at the fair in November 2012," police say.

• Police recovered a 10-month-old baby and a stolen vehicle on a Monday afternoon last week and continue to search for the suspect who took them.

Alerted by a phone call, officers found the missing 2009 Saturn sedan abandoned on East 51st Street at Hickory Street about 4:45 p.m., "moments after the car with the sleeping infant in the back seat was stolen from a daycare center at West Gwinnett and May streets," police say.

The girl's father reported that "he turned off the ignition and left the keys while he entered the building to pick up another child. The car was no longer in place when he returned to the lot."

Police received a call that a vehicle matching the description was parked on 51st Street and found the still-sleeping child buckled into her car seat and unharmed.

Anyone with information on the suspect's identity or location is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward. A Tip Line also is open to investigators at (912) 525-3124.

• Detectives from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department are investigating the shooting of a Savannah man one morning last week.

Eliakim Dunbar, 26, was found with a bullet wound in a car that had overturned and crashed into the guard station at the Marriott Hotel on Gen. McIntosh Boulevard about 2:51 a.m. He had been driving east on Bay Street and Gen. McIntosh when someone in a vehicle began shooting at his car. Detectives believe the shooter had singled out his vehicle.

Dunbar was transported to Memorial University Medical Center "where he refused to cooperate with police and checked himself out of the hospital," police say.