Man Arrested After Striking Deputy With Stolen Patrol Car

On September 28, 2020, Douglas County 911 received a call about an intruder on Lake Filed Drive breaking into a home and attacking the homeowner.  Kilpatrick Key was identified as that intruder who was known to the residents at that location.  He had been served a Temporary Protective Order from the Douglas County Superior Court to restrain himself from being at that location or contact with any family member that lived there.

Key forcibly entered the residence and began stabbing the victim in front of minor children who were in the home.  Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the residence.

The initial arriving Deputy entered the residence upon hearing the victim’s cry for help.  Key fled the house and got into the Deputy’s marked patrol car as the Deputy gave chase out of the house, Key drove straight into the Deputy who was in the yard of the residence near the entry to the house.  The Deputy was struck by the car and Key fled leading other arriving Deputies on a high-speed chase through the neighborhood and on Reynolds Road where Key crashed the patrol car and fled on foot.  Key was subsequently captured near the crash scene.

Key is charged with 3 counts of Aggravated assault, 2 counts of Aggravated battery, Home Invasion 1st degree, Aggravated Stalking, Felony Obstruction, Interference with Government Property, Theft by Taking, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude, and three counts of Cruelty to Children in the 3rd degree.  Key had a bond hearing on September 29, 2020 in front of Magistrate Judge Susan Camp who denied his bond.  Key is a US Army Reservist with the 3rd Medical Command out of Forrest Park, GA.

DCSO Receives Grant for Traffic Enforcement

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

October 24, 2019

PRESS RELEASE

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Awarded $20,000.00 Traffic Enforcement Grant

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office announced today that it has been awarded a major traffic enforcement grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in Atlanta. We received the grant in recognition of our lifesaving work as the coordinating agency of GOHS’s Western Regional Traffic Enforcement Network. There are sixteen traffic enforcement networks across the state that help enforce Georgia’s year-round safety belt, speed and impaired driving campaigns.

“This is our way of supporting the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office through its continued leadership via Coordinator Dep. Matthew Atkins and the Western Regional traffic enforcement network,” said GOHS Law Enforcement Services Director Roger Hayes. “We want to make sure they can continue their region-wide efforts to protect Georgia motorists from drunk and otherwise dangerous drivers. They’ve proven their dedication and this grant serves not only as recognition for that hard work, but as means for continuing the GOHS mission of reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities on our roads.”

The Western Regional Traffic Enforcement Network includes law enforcement agencies in eight counties, which include Douglas, Carroll, Haralson, Heard, Troup, Coweta, Meriwether, and Paulding Counties.

Sheriff Tim Pounds and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office are very pleased and appreciative to receive this grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. This grant will assist and help along with the other agencies in the Western Regional Network by keeping our roadways safe for the citizens of each county.

The GOHS grant awards $20,000.00 to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, with half to support the activities of the traffic enforcement network and half to be spent on traffic safety equipment for our agency. The coordinator in the Western Regional traffic enforcement network region will coordinate year-round waves of high visibility, concentrated patrols, multi-jurisdictional road checks and sobriety checkpoints as a partner in campaigns such as Click It or Ticket, Operation Zero Tolerance, and the Thunder Taskforce.

For more information on the award, contact Dep. Matthew Atkins at 770-942-2121 or by email at matkins@sheriff.douglas.ga.us. For more information on the grant program, call 404-656-6996 or visit www.gahighwaysafety.org.

Patrol Deputy Arrested

On August 4th, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault at an address in Douglasville. As the investigation unfolded, investigators with the Criminal Investigations Division learned that three persons under the age of 21 were provided alcohol by one of our deputy sheriffs. Deputy David Tyler Gibson, 23, provided alcohol to the persons under 21 and was arrested on August 15th and charged with 4 counts of furnishing alcohol to persons under the age of 21 and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Gibson received a $1000.00 bond per count and was later released. The following day Deputy Gibson was terminated from employment with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

After Gibson’s termination, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant at a location in Douglasville where Gibson happened to be present. As a result of the search warrant, Gibson was re-arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug related objects, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Gibson appeared in Magistrate Court August 19th and was given a $4,500 bond. He was later released on bond. An initial press release was not issued due to the nature of the ongoing illicit drug investigation; however, in the interest of media inquiries, and agency transparency, an official press release has been provided.

Congratulations, HEAT

Congratulations to our HEAT Unit who received the Highway Safety Champion award “for outstanding dedication reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities on Georgia’s roadways.”

Traffic Stop Leads to Largest Heroin Seizure in County History

On June 25, 2019, deputies with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office FIND Unit stopped a Chevrolet Sonic on I-20 east bound, near South Baggett Road. During the course of the traffic stop, conflicting information from the vehicle’s occupants led to deputies requesting consent to search the vehicle. The search uncovered 4 metal cubes, made out of quarter inch steel. Each cube contained five rectangular tubes which were welded together with plates covering their contents. Each rectangular tube contained approximately 20 Kilograms of heroin. The driver of the vehicle, Catarino Lopez, from Mercedes Texas, was taken into custody for trafficking heroin.

Investigators with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division were contacted to assist in this case. Investigators learned that the heroin was being sent to a hotel in the Lithia Springs area to be picked up by individuals operating with Mr. Lopez. An operational plan was developed to deliver the narcotics to the other co-conspirators involved in this investigation.

Multiple assets from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, including the Special Investigations Division, FIND Unit, Uniform Patrol Division, and Command Staff were deployed to assist in this operation. On the morning of June 26, 2019, two individuals, who were later identified as Ulises Quiroa-Uriarte and Uriarte Leonel Valdez, arrived and took possession of the heroin shipment. Deputies involved in the operation were able to safely take these individuals into custody. All of the suspects in this case are currently being held without bond in the Douglas County Jail.

This is the largest recorded heroin seizure in Douglas County’s history. This is investigation is still active.

Two Arrested in Commercial Burglary Cases

Emilio Aceves-Amaya

At 2:00am on July 12, 2019, Deputy Gray with the Uniform Patrol Division was talking with a subject on foot in downtown Lithia Springs. During that encounter, he observed a light from a flashlight in the lot behind Simba’s Auto Sales. Based on the nature of the suspected crime in progress, Deputy Gray notified Deputy Regan other units in the area. Deputies converged on the businesses and began searching for the person with the flashlight behind the businesses. Emilio Aceves-Amaya was then located at the Tire Kingz (adjoining business with Simba’s Auto Sales) entering a vehicle in an attempt to leave the business. Deputies detained the suspect while checking the businesses and discovered forced entry to both businesses. Aceves-Amaya was arrested for burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

 

 

 

Travon Harrison

In an unrelated case that happened in the early morning hours of July 17, 2019, Deputy Citizen from the Uniform Patrol Division was patrolling businesses on Veterans Memorial Highway in Lithia Springs when he noticed a vehicle backed-up to the La Proveedora Supermarket storefront. He observed two males wearing hoodies, gloves, and masks concealing their identity. Deputy Citizen activated his emergency lights and the suspects jumped into their vehicle and drove away. Deputies chased the suspect vehicle, a silver Jeep Cherokee, until the vehicle was immobilized on I-20 just east of Thornton Road. Suspect Travon Harrison was taken into custody and at least one additional person evaded arrest after fleeing on foot across the interstate into a wooded area. The other suspect(s) remain at large. The burglars caused several thousand dollars’ in damage to the business and the cash register drawer with approximately $550 dollars that was taken from the store was recovered in the suspect vehicle. Harrison’s bond has been denied.

 

Operation: You’ve Been Warned

Operation: You’ve Been Warned is now in full effect. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office wants to crack down on gangs. Call 678-486-1253 to report gang activity anonymously.

Second Holiday Sobriety Checkpoint

“Tis the Season to Drive Sober” (in Douglas County)

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Douglasville’s Police Department combined their manpower and efforts again to conduct the second sobriety checkpoint of the holiday season looking for impaired drivers.  Four groups of law enforcement officers from both agencies hit several locations around Douglasville and Douglas County on Wednesday, December 19th. The teams worked the detail for four hours between 7:00 – 11:00 pm.

Approximately 2, 500 vehicles were stopped at the various checkpoint locations. There were 48 persons arrested for various charges collectively by the DCSO and the City of Douglasville’s PD.

Both the DCSO and Douglasville PD are committed to keeping Douglas County safe throughout the year, however the holidays are prime time for drinking alcohol, and typically the busiest time of year for drunk driving arrests.

Data shows that sobriety checkpoints often lead to the detection and discovery of other criminal activity. These two law enforcement agencies in Douglas County will conduct random sobriety checkpoints throughout the holiday season and throughout the year.  The first sobriety checkpoint of this holiday season was held on Thursday, November 29, 2018, and lasted five hours. There were 44 arrests and approximately 3,500 vehicles drove through the checkpoint locations.

“Tis the season to drive sober” in Douglas County.

Photos courtesy of the Douglasville Police Department’s Facebook page.

Multiple Arrests Made in Overnight Sobriety Checkpoints

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Douglasville’s Police Department combined their manpower and efforts to conduct sobriety checkpoints along area 92 and I-20, Chapel Hill Road and I-20, Highway 5 and I-20, and on Thornton Road on Thursday, November 29th.

Approximately 3,500 vehicles drove through the checkpoint locations. The checks lasted for five hours.  There were 38 persons arrested for various charges collectively by the DCSO and the City of Douglasville’s PD. State Probation officers also assisted with the road checks.

Both the DCSO and Douglasville PD are committed to keeping Douglas County safe throughout the year, however the holidays are prime time for drinking alcohol, and typically the busiest time of year for drunk driving arrests.

Data shows that sobriety checkpoints often lead to the detection and discovery of other criminal activity. These two law enforcement agencies in Douglas County will conduct random sobriety checkpoints throughout the holiday season and throughout the year.

According to Lt. John Jewell of the DCSO, “We want to send a message to the public and the community that driving under the influence will not be tolerated in Douglas County.”

Citizens and those travelling within the boundaries of the county it is clear that road checks are coming to town, and “tis the season to drive sober” in Douglas County.

Holiday Season Will Bring Increased DUI Enforcement In Georgia

From the Georgia GOHS:

Holiday Season Will Bring Increased DUI Enforcement In Georgia

Don’t wreck the holidays before you can deck the halls

(ATLANTA) The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and law enforcement officers this holiday season to remind all motorists that drinking and driving will not only get you on Santa’s naughty list, but it will also send you straight to jail.

That means that from Dec. 15 to Jan. 2 in Georgia, law enforcement all over the state will be looking to prevent tragedy before it strikes during the holiday enforcement campaign of Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over. While Georgia’s impaired driving laws are enforced 24/7/365, the holiday season brings extra emphasis because of the increased number of travelers hitting the road to see friends and family.

Why the continued emphasis on drunk driving? In 2016, Georgia experienced 368 alcohol-impaired fatalities, which is 10 more than 2015, for a total of 24 percent of all traffic fatalities. This means nearly a quarter of all traffic deaths in Georgia involve an impaired driver.

“The holidays should be a time for celebrations and making memories, not a time of tragedy,” GOHS Director Harris Blackwood said. “Not only do we want people to get a designated driver to begin with, but we want them to know that if they fail to do so, they will go to jail. No warnings, no excuses.”

According to NHTSA, 37,461 people were killed in traffic crashes in 2016 and 28 percent of those fatalities involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit of .08, which is the current limit in all 50 states. These crash deaths affect motorists, passengers and pedestrians alike.

“Unfortunately, alcohol at many holiday events contributes to the number of impaired drivers on our roads,” Blackwood said. “When you are planning what you are going to wear, what time you are going to arrive and what you are going to bring, also plan ahead for your sober ride home with a designated driver, ride service or a friend.”

Drinking and driving should never be combined. It’s essential to plan a sober ride in advance if the holiday celebration will include alcohol. The alternative could change your life, not to mention the lives of your passengers, or of other pedestrians or drivers and passengers nearby.

GOHS and NHTSA suggest the following safety tips to enjoy a safe night out this holiday season:

  • Plan ahead. If you plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home. If it’s your turn to be the designated driver, take the responsibility seriously.
  • Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve only had one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely.
  • Use rideshare programs like Uber or Lyft.
  • Download GOHS’ ‘Drive Sober, Georgia’ smartphone app for a list of sober ride programs and taxi services in your area or program taxi company phone numbers into your phone ahead of time.
  • Be prepared to take keys away from someone who is impaired and if you see an impaired driver while on the road, call 9-1-1 or dial *GSP from your cell phone to be connected to the nearest state patrol post.

“We want to keep Georgia’s roads safe this holiday season and help people understand that the only time they should be behind the wheel is when they are sober,” Blackwood said. “Alcohol affects people differently and you do not have to be feeling or acting drunk to be too impaired to drive.”

For more information on the impaired driving program at the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, go to www.gahighwaysafety.org or visit us on social media at www.facebook.com/gahighwaysafety and @gohsgeorgia on Twitter.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Awarded $20,000.00 Traffic Enforcement Grant

PRESS RELEASE

 

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office announced today that it has been awarded a major traffic enforcement grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in Atlanta. We received the grant in recognition of its lifesaving work as the coordinating agency of GOHS’s Western Regional Traffic Enforcement Network. There are sixteen traffic enforcement networks across the state that help enforce Georgia’s year-round safety belt, speed, and impaired driving campaigns.

Photo courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/Gavehicles/

“This is our way of supporting the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office through its continued leadership via Coordinator Lieutenant John Jewell and the Western Regional Traffic Enforcement Network,” said GOHS Law Enforcement Services Senior LEL Ed Weaver. “We want to make sure they can continue their region-wide efforts to protect Georgia motorists from drunk and otherwise dangerous drivers. They’ve proven their dedication and this grant serves not only as recognition for that hard work but as means for continuing the GOBS mission of reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities on our roads.”

The Western Regional Traffic Enforcement Network includes law enforcement agencies in eight counties, which include Douglas, Carroll, Haralson, Heard, Troup, Coweta, Meriwether, and Paulding counties. Sheriff Tim Pounds and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office are very pleased and appreciative to receive this grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. This grant will assist and help us, along with the other agencies in the Western Regional Network by keeping our roadways safe for the citizens of each county.

The GOHS grant awards $20,000.00 to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, with half to support the activities of the traffic enforcement network and half to be spent on traffic safety equipment for our agency. The coordinator in the Western Regional Traffic Enforcement Network region will coordinate year-round waves of high visibility, concentrated patrols, multi-jurisdictional road
checks and sobriety checkpoints as a partner in campaigns such as Click It or Ticket, Operation Zero Tolerance, and the Thunder Taskforce.

For more information on the award, please contact Lieutenant John Jewell at 678-486-1219 or by email at jjewell@sheriff.douglas.ga.us. For more information on the grant program, call 404-656-6996 or visit www.gahighwaysafety.org.

Holiday Entering Autos

The busy holiday shopping season starts this week, and we’d like to share some tips on how to prevent thieves from breaking into your vehicle.

When possible, remove your belongings from your vehicle or hide them from sight. Entering autos is a wide spread problem around the Metro Atlanta area. Thieves can quickly break into a car and help themselves to a potential gold mine of items: electronics, cash and credit cards, and firearms. Electronics such as laptops, cellphones and tablets, and credit cards can be used to steal your identity while your firearm may be used during the commission of another crime.

Firearms are a popular item on the thieves’ shopping list. If you frequently travel with a firearm, consider purchasing a vehicle safe to secure your weapon when you’re away from home. When you are at home, taking your firearm inside is the safest way to secure it.

When possible, park your vehicle in a well-lit area. An exterior, motion-activated light can be a good deterrent for thieves. A security camera mounted on the outside of your home can help you keep an eye on your property and in the event of a theft, it can aid investigators in identifying the suspect.

Parking lots, whether at the mall, a big box store or at a hotel are popular hunting grounds for thieves. This is especially true around the holidays when people are making large purchases. When walking to or from your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings. When possible, park in a well-lit, high traffic area. A thief is less likely to act when they believe a witness may see them. Hide your purchases in the trunk, under your seats, or take them home.

 

Two Men Captured and Arrested After Armed Robbery

On 08/09/2017, two men robbed the AT&T store on Thornton Rd. at gunpoint, demanding money and taking iPhones. The suspects then fled, but were spotted a short distance away on Skyview near Thornton. Deputy Manson and Master Sgt. Leaman attempted to pull the suspects’ car over, but the suspects fled, instead. A chase ensued and ended with a PIT maneuver near Thornton and Interstate West Parkway. Both men were taken into custody without further incident, and have been charged with armed robbery. The driver also has charges of theft, possession of a firearm during a crime, and felony fleeing and eluding.

Sheriff Pounds Unveils the New SCORPION Unit

Sheriff’s COncentRated Patrol and aggressIve felOny interdictioN

The S.C.O.R.P.I.O.N. Unit is a four person team comprised of three deputies and a Sergeant. Sheriff Pounds created the Scorpion unit to deploy into high crime areas of the county to show criminals he means business. The officers will be driving the most state-of-the-art patrol cars and will possess all the necessary equipment and training to accomplish their objective. Their first assignment is the Thornton Road area. In their first month, the unit made 40 arrests: 19 misdemeanors and 21 felonies.