Suspects Sought in Scrap Metal Theft

On 03/07/18 at approximately 20:30 to 21:00 the above vehicle was seen on camera at Covenant Plumbing Supply located at 2525 Brightstar Road removing scrap metal. It is believed to be a Ford F350 dually. There appears to be a red decal on the rear window as well as a custom front grille. Any information as to the identity of the truck or its owner please notify Inv. E. Waters at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Phone: 678-486-1204


Case Number: R1803056

Sheriff Tim Pounds Welcomes New K9 Deputy

K9 Neo is the newest addition to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. He is a seventeen-month-old Belgian Malinois from Poland, and will be working on the Felony Interception Narcotics Detection (FIND) Unit. K9 Neo came to us in November 2017 as a “green” dog without any formal training. Sgt. Ryan Cadwell, who previously handled retired K9 Boogie, is both K9 Neo’s trainer as well as handler. K9 Neo’s skills include narcotics detection, tracking and apprehension, handler protection, and evidence recovery. K9 Neo was utilized on his first night of service for a search of a vehicle which resulted in a drug arrest.

Wreck: I-20 at Thornton Rd.

On 02/22/2018, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Georgia State Patrol, and Douglas County Fire and EMS, was called to the scene of a wreck on I-20 between Thornton Rd. and Lee Rd. A disabled vehicle parked in the emergency lane was struck by a tractor-trailer traveling west on I-20. After the impact, the 18-wheeler jackknifed into the trees and the cab came to rest over the side of the embankment. Both drivers miraculously survived the crash.

Dog River Library Disc Golf Course

Disc golf is coming soon to the Dog River Library property, and one of our inmate work crews helped to install the tee boxes and other permanent equipment.

Winterfest 2018

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has chartered a law enforcement Explorer Post for approximately 20 years.  The Explorer Program is a division of the Boy Scouts of America, but is open to both boys and girls age 14 through 20, that are interested in learning more about law enforcement and team building. The program instills ethics, good conduct, respect for others, and honesty which are the values of the Boy Scouts of America and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.  The Explorers train year-round to compete each February at Winterfest, which is a national competition held in Gatlinburg, TN.  Winterfest is growing each year; in fact, this year it was reported to be the largest turnout in the competition’s history with over 3,500 in attendance.  There were 103 teams competing, representing 85 agencies and 14 states.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Explorers competed in the following events and the results are as follows:

  • Drug Identification 1st place
  • Suspicious Death 4th place
  • Crime Scene Investigation 14th place
  • Written Exam 16th place
  • Active Shooter 24th place

We are very proud of their accomplishments and they are aware of the areas in which they need to improve to do better next year.  If you know or have a child that has an interest in a law enforcement career and would like to participate in our Explorer Program, please contact Lt. Elmer Horn at 770-486-1200 or by email at for more information.

Missing: Juvenile Rhiannon Evans

Rhiannon Lee Evans, 17 years of age, was last seen 01/29/2018 at her residence in Douglas County, GA. Her clothing description is unknown. Rhiannon’s hair is brown with blue highlights. She is approximately 5’8 and weighs 165 lbs.

Please contact Inv. Terrence Dukes with any information at 678-486-1230.


Press Release: Fatality Accident 02-03-2018

On February 3, 2018, at approximately 7:45 PM a veteran deputy of the Douglas County Sheriff’s office who is assigned to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety H.E.A.T. unit identified a gray 2006 Infiniti M 35 traveling south on Thornton Road in the area of W. Fork Blvd. A speed detection device was used to identify the vehicle’s speed at 69mph in a 45 mph zone. The deputy attempted a traffic stop on this vehicle and both the deputy and the gray Infiniti pulled into the Quiktrip parking lot located at the intersection of Maxham Road and Thornton. As the deputy began to exit his vehicle the driver sped off through the parking lot and back onto Thornton Road in a reckless manner southbound initiating a pursuit. Based on the driver’s reckless driving and the fact that the deputy was able to see the driver as the only occupant of the vehicle, the pursuit was allowed to continue for approximately 3 miles. During this time the driver weaved in and out of traffic in an aggressive manner exceeding the speed limit and putting the public at risk. At one point the driver drove onto the concrete median separating the north and southbound lanes of Thornton Road. Once the vehicle crossed over Interstate 20 the vehicle lost a rear wheel and tire causing an increased risk to the motoring public. Based on these facts the deputy was authorized to utilize a P.I.T. maneuver and end the pursuit. Prior to being able to utilize the P.I.T. maneuver the driver of the vehicle failed to yield to a red-light and crossed into the intersection striking the trailer of a semi tractor-trailer that was crossing through the intersection. The vehicle traveled underneath the semi tractor-trailer until it came to rest on the other side and caught fire. It was then that pursuing deputies realized that the vehicle was also occupied by four children under the age of 16. The driver of the vehicle as well as the front passenger, a 10-year-old child, we’re both killed as a result of the accident. Without regard for their own safety, deputies were able to remove the remaining children from the burning vehicle as well as extinguish the fire.

The driver of the vehicle has been identified as Billy Frazier, age 30 of Atlanta, Georgia. At the time of the accident Mr. Frazier was driving on a suspended license, was on active probation in the state of Georgia, and was in possession of a stolen handgun. Mr. Frazier also possessed with the intent to distribute a large quantity of prescription medications, MDMA (Ecstasy), Cocaine and crack cocaine, Methamphetamine, and marijuana.

The accident scene and its follow up investigation were turned over to the Georgia State Patrol.


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Hydroponic Marijuana Seizure

Prior to January 31st, 2018 a large scale narcotics investigation was being conducted by the Special Investigations Unit (SID) of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office into a home located at 9103 Timmons Circle in Villa Rica, Ga were it is believed that the residence was being used to house and distribute large amounts of illegal narcotics. As a result of this investigation, it was believed that a large shipment was being expected at the residence on January 31st, 2018. A combined operation involving the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division (SID), the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Crime Suppression Unit (CSU), Officers with Georgia Department of Public Safety and Homeland Security Investigations resulted in a traffic stop on a U-Haul truck that was believed to be making the delivery. The vehicle stop and subsequent search netted the arrest of a Pauling Gaunt Montana, age 29, of Villa Rica, Georgia who was found to be in possession of approximately 50lbs of hydroponic marijuana that was located inside the U-Haul. The marijuana was packaged in 50 separate heat sealed bags.

Based on the investigation and with the seizure of marijuana from the traffic stop SID Agents with the Douglas County Sheriff’s office were able to secure a search warrant for the residence located at 9103 Timmons Circle, Villa Rica Ga. During the execution of the search warrant Agents located approximately 10 additional pounds of hydroponics marijuana as well as Marijuana/THC “Wax” and “Butter”, a trafficking amount of cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms, a stolen handgun, and an amount of United States currency. Arrested at the residence was a Zachary Buchannan, age 23, and an Aleah Dianne Campbell, age 18, both residents of Villa Rica, Georgia.

Montana Gaunt was charged with Trafficking in Marijuana.

Zachary Buchannan and Aleah Campbell were charged with Trafficking in Marijuana, Trafficking of Cocaine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Firearm during a Violation of the Controlled Substances Act, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of Schedule I Controlled Substances, Possession of Drug Related Objects, and possession of the stolen handgun.

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2.5 Pound Methamphetamine Seizure and 3 arrests

Photo credit: Fox 5 Atlanta

On January 24, 2018, Deputy Atkins with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office H.E.A.T. unit performed a traffic stop on a white Chevrolet Tahoe for traffic violations. Once the vehicle was stopped Deputy Atkins recognized the passenger, Clint Dwayne Ayers, as a person known to possess and distribute Methamphetamine in and around Douglas County Georgia. Based on this information and the nervous behavior of Ayers, Deputy Atkin’s requested the assistance of a K-9 officer to perform a free air sniff of the vehicle. The free air sniff resulted in an indication by the K-9 on the presence of illegal narcotics. Approximately 1 pound of ice Methamphetamine was located under the passenger seat of Clint Ayers. Deputies on the scene of the traffic stop contacted the Douglas County S.I.D. Unit and they learned that Ayers had just left the residence of Michael Bryan Rochester. Investigators in S.I.D. had an open investigation on Rochester‘s residence because they had received an anonymous tip that he was possessing and distributing Methamphetamine in and around the Douglas County area. This led investigators to obtain a search warrant against Rochester‘s residence in Douglasville. A search of that residence and property netted the seizure of another approximately 1.6 pounds of Methamphetamine and amount of marijuana possessed with the intent to distribute, two handguns and approximately 25 Xanax tablets. Rochester also was in possession of two firearms as a convicted felon and doing so during a violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act. The total amount of Methamphetamine seized is approximately 40 ounces which is 40 times that of the trafficking amount and equivalent to 4500 street level dosages and a $100,000 street-level value.

A third subject, Valerie Hope Bennet, who was at the residence at the time the search warrant was executed, was found in possession of a small amount of Fentanyl and a syringe that was suspected of being a drug-related object. She was charged with the illegal possession of Fentanyl and possession of a drug-related object.

Clint Dewayne Ayers was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine.

Michael Brian Rochester was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance (Xanax), possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during a violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act, and possession of drug-related objects.

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Missing: Juvenile Isaac Benjamin Phillips

Isaac Benjamin Phillips, 16 years of age, was last seen January 8, 2018 at approximately 8:00 pm. Isaac was last seen at his residence off Newman Ellis Rd. It is unknown what Isaac was wearing when he left. Isaac took all of his clothes and his suit case. Isaac is 5’8″, 220 lbs, brown hair and brown eyes.

Please contact Inv. Christy Clark with any information at 678-486-1274 or email

Missing: Juvenile Tariq Saboor

UPDATE: 02/13/2018 Tariq Saboor has been located.

Tariq Saboor is a 16 year old male last seen at 1:00 am January 16, 2018 in the Chattahoochee Dr. area of Douglas County. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, black shoes, and a pastel colored scarf covering his face.

Anyone with any information please call Inv. Christy Clark at 678-486-1274 or email

Located: Robert Stanley Dixon Sr

UPDATE: 01/09/2018 @ 1:19 pm

Mr. Dixon has been located. Thank you to everyone who has shared his information.

Robert Stanley Dixon Sr. Age 71, missing from his residence in Douglas County Ga. Last seen in the area of Fairburn Road and Church Street on 01-08-2018 at appx. 4:00 pm wearing a black jogging suit. Subject frequents the downtown area of Douglasville and Atlanta. Any information on the location of Mr. Dixon please contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at (770) 949-5656 or Investigator Nathan Mitchell at (770) 577-5108.