An investigation by Metro Police Violent Crimes detectives has led to the identification of the 18–year–old mother of a baby found dead in a trash collection truck.
The mother, a high school student, admitted giving birth and placing the baby in the trash. Police identified her after tracing items to the her.
A driver for a private trash collection service noticed the body in the truck while he was on the 7200 block of Central Avenue at about 11:30 a.m. Police immediately set out to determine when and how the baby died.
The quick solution to the complicated case drew the praise of SCMPD Criminal Investigations Division Capt. Dean Fagerstrom. “This was a tragic and sobering case that every officer in Violent Crimes, Forensics and Patrol took to heart,” he said. “Everyone should be impressed with the urgency they showed in solving this case.”
• A 23–year–old Savannah man has been charged with armed robbery of an Abercorn Street convenience store.
Matthew Antonio Edwards denied having anything to do with the robbery of the Parker’s convenience store in the 10,000 block of Abercorn but police found a BB gun matching the one used in the robbery and clothing matching those worn by the robber in his residence.
Savannah–Chatham Metropolitan Police responded to the robbery call at 1:36 a.m. and learned a black male, 5–foot–5 and weighing about 210 pounds, had entered the store with his face covered. When the clerk told him she could not allow him in the store dressed that way he produced a weapon and demanded cash from the registers and then ran.
Police also have requested the public’s help in identifying the robber of the same store Nov. 28 and who they fear could be involved in other robberies in the area.
That robber was described as black, about 5–4 wearing a bulky tan and/or brown leather jacket with black jeans and a black hat. He had pointed a rusted pistol with a chrome barrel at the clerk to coerce her into giving him the money.
• Around 6 a.m., officers responded to an alarm call at JT’s Pub and Grill, at Hwy 204 and I–95. When officers arrived, they found the business had been burglarized.
The owner reported that the cash register had been stolen. The surveillance system indicates the suspect is a white male, in his mid–20s to early 30s, with short dark hair.
• A murder suspect is in custody after a triple shooting left two men dead and one in critical condition.
Joshua Williams, 18, was arrested and charged with murder.
• Detectives have charged one man with two robberies of taxi drivers and are looking into similarities between those cases and all five other robberies of taxis in the area.
Charles Vincent Rice, 46, has been charged with robberies Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 in which a man had someone call for a cab, asked the drivers to take him to secluded locations where he produced a weapon or indicated he had a weapon, robbed the driver and forced them to take him to other locations.
He has been charged with armed robbery and robbery by intimidation as well as two counts of kidnapping.
Detectives have found similarities between those cases and the other five robberies of taxi drivers recently and continue to investigate those cases.