Kidnapping Suspect Being
Held Without Bond

Press Release

Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime

 

Date: January 29, 2014

 

Sheriff Chuck Smith advised that on January 27, 2013 about 1730 hours the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 2800 block of Sewell Road, Grantville, Georgia in regard to a reported kidnapping. Upon arrival on the scene deputies made contact with a female victim who reported that her estranged husband had forced her into his vehicle at gun point. The female then was transported to a secluded dirt road located in the area.

“During the course of this abduction and assault the female victim was able to gain possession of the firearm and was able to escape in the vehicle. She was very fortunate to be able to escape during this very volatile situation. Our investigation revealed that the male suspect had taken substantial steps to cause her grave bodily harm during this incident. We were able to determine this not only from witness statements but also from physical evidence found at the scene. This young lady chose to survive this horrendous incident and to escape. Her bravery is commendable. She was transported to an area hospital for treatment of her injuries.” Smith stated.

“We established a large scale perimeter and search of the area regarding this matter. Our last known location of the suspect being that he was on foot in the wooded area adjacent to the secluded dirt road. We brought in our tracking K-9 and had air support from the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. However the suspect was able to elude capture at that time. The last known address on the suspect was in Troup County, Georgia. We had a bolo placed on this subject with all of our surrounding jurisdictions.” Smith advised.

“We were able to apprehend the offender, identified as Nathan Baker, W/M, 29 yoa., on 01/28/2014 at approximately 1500 hours. He was apprehended by our units in the northwest portion of Meriwether County.” Baker is being held without bond in the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office Jail on the charges of Aggravated Assault, Kidnapping, and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime. The charges being under the family violence act. I am very appreciative of the assistance that we received from the Hogansville and Grantville Police Departments as well as the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.” Smith stated.

Raid of a Criminally Organized Dog Fighting Event

Press Release

Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that on January 18, 2014, Saturday, at 10:30 p.m. numerous officers representing various law enforcement agencies, and our Animal Control Officer Beth Miller, converged on a location off Happy Hollow Drive (approximately 4-5 miles northeast of Greenville) off State Highway 362, commonly known as Callaway Road to conduct a well orchestrated raid of a criminally organized dog fighting event. Air support, (2 helicopters), were provided by the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

“Our narcotics unit has worked tirelessly on gathering intelligence on the event and at a moment’s notice they “rallied up” and met at the training center where a briefing was conducted. Their efforts included air support, compliments of Sheriff Mike Yeager and Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources. When the helicopter pilots “hit their target” with spot lights participants and spectators ran into the arms of waiting officers holding a perimeter around the event. A large “fighting pit” was noticed with an emaciated, bleeding, crippled female pit bullterrier. Our animal control officer took this dog and another into protective custody. A large catering truck “Express Wings” was set up with fried chicken and fish was being served to participants and spectators during the event. At the preliminary conclusion of our agent’s investigation – roughly $28,253.00 in currency was seized, 27 vehicles including the catering truck, 34 offenders, 5 guns, 2 generators and lighting equipment and 1 dog fighting pit and scales were seized. According to F.B.I. intelligence, one of the offenders is wanted by U.S. Marshals on a federal indictment accusing him of dog fighting. One of the seized guns was reported stolen to the Manchester Police Department.” Smith stated.

“I am saddened by what I saw at this crime scene; however, I am very proud of all these law enforcement officers that were involved. We know in the dog fighting world, these events carry the highest potential of being extremely dangerous. All officers displayed the highest level of professionalism while showing “armed” force to minimize the risk of getting hurt or hurting others.” Sheriff Smith stated.

“Animal Control Officer Beth Miller advised that she was hopeful that the dog found in this pit could be saved. I’m appreciative to her for assisting us.” Smith advised.

“Agencies involved include: Meriwether County Deputies & Investigators, our Narcotics unit, Woodbury Police, Greenville Police, DNR Rangers with the Department of Natural Resources, Spalding County Sheriff’s Deputies, Coweta County Sheriff’s Crime Suppression Unit, the Coweta County Sheriffs and Department of Natural Resources Aviation Units. Our scene investigation finished up at about 0330 a.m., January 19, 2014 with our investigative units and narcotics units finishing up around 0900 hrs. This matter is still under investigation.” Smith advised.

Charges include: Gambling, Cruelty to Animal(s), Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Crime, Theft By Receiving Stolen Property, any charge involving Conspiracy to commit or promote dog fighting, along with other crimes associated with this dog fighting operation.

“We have local offenders involved in this dog fighting operation with several suspects being from the states of Alabama, Arkansas and Michigan. This was an organized event promoted by those in the dog fighting and gambling underworld. I am very appreciative to all of the agencies that assisted us bring down this illegal operation and I hope that I did not leave anyone out.” Sheriff Smith stated.

Those arrested: • Toney Bernard Wright • Milton Williams Jr.• Derrick Anthony Grier • Demario A Ferguson • Antwaun Mahone • Kenny Junior Mahone • Xavier Fernando Blalock • Blake Deon Revell • Trevor Jerrod Jones • Michael Darnell Adaway • Tommy K Williams • Kentravis V Revell • Bernard W Gilliam • Rafeal J Chambers • Kevin Terrell Burton • Mario Santell Prather • Ronald Lewis Kirkwood • Sydney Robidas Owens • John Fitzgerald Jackson • Eric Lee Williams • Andre Leroy Jamison • Alan Bumbrey • Travis Montfort • Travis D Cameron • Shaquille D Heard • Marco Martex Finley • Roger Lee Riley • Randy Hall • Demetrice C Potts • Landy Trimaine Willis • Latoskie Tama Williams • Willie Edward Wright • Maxine Hall • William Jackson.

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