David Randy Daniels Jr.
SAVANNAH, GA. (December 2, 2013): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are asking the public to help expand their search for a 21-year-old man they have charged with two counts of murder in a July 30 triple shooting on Savannah’s eastside.
David Randy Daniels Jr. has been charged with shooting to death 18-year-old Dominique Bright and 15-year-old Syheem Spaulding about 9:45 p.m. at East 39th and Cedar streets after a drug transaction. Daniels also is charged with aggravated assault for shooting a 15-year-old girl who was riding a bicycle nearby during the incident.
Violent Crimes detectives suspect Daniels has left the Savannah area to avoid arrest. He is known to frequent the Atlanta and Marietta areas and has contacts in the Carolinas and Florida.
Daniels is a black male who is about 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds. He is known to frequent Savannah’s eastside.He is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached if identified.
Police are asking callers in the Savannah area to call Emergency 911 and those from outside the area call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
A confidential Tip Line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.
UPDATE: All lanes of I-516 are open. All damage was minor with only one visible injury.
SAVANNAH, GA. (November 30, 2013): Westbound lanes of Interstate 516 between Montgomery Street and Southwest Bypass have been closed to traffic after a nine-vehicle collision.
No serious injuries have been reported but drivers should seek other routes.
SAVANNAH, GA. (November 25, 2013): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are seeking help from the public in locating a 15-year-old girl who left a relative’s home Thursday.
Kierra Herrington is a black female, about 5-2, 98 pounds and has long, straight hair usually worn in a ponytail. She was wearing a long, blue short-sleeve shirt and flowered pajama shorts without shoes when last seen by family. Kierra has a light complexion with darker areas around her neck, arms and legs.
She may be in the company of a black male in his teens who may be driving a white, late model sedan.
SCMPD Special Victims Unit detectives have reasons to be concerned about her safety and are looking for her in the Savannah and South Carolina areas.
Anyone with information on her location or whom she might be with is asked to call Emergency 911 immediately.
SAVANNAH, GA. (November 22, 2013): Determination may have led a Savannah man Friday afternoon to reattempt a burglary where he had failed the day before but teamwork between a neighbor and police foiled his efforts.
Justin Edward Boykin, 27, was arrested by Islands Precinct Crime Suppression Unit officers after a neighbor talking to Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police via cell phone tracked him from a residence. He has been charged with five counts of burglary in the first degree and two counts of criminal attempt at burglary.
Metro police, including Patrol South Major Richard Zapal and Islands Precinct Capt. John Best, had saturated the area near Sea Island Road and Nassau Drive where five burglaries or attempted burglaries had been reported Thursday afternoon. Prescription drugs and cash had been taken in the burglaries.
A victim whose residence had been involved Thursday reported seeing a man behind a neighboring house where a burglary had been attempted the previous day. He followed the suspect who was bleeding from his hand and advised police of his location.
Zapal and Best arrived quickly on the scene followed immediately by CSU and patrol units who had locked down nearby May Howard Elementary School as a precaution. They learned Boykin had cut his hand breaking into a house on Nassau Drive.
Zapal praised the cooperation between residents and police:
“This is a prime example of the police-citizen cooperation that we strive so hard to achieve,” he said. “It is a textbook display of the proper tactical deployment of resources and the hard work and dedication of SCMPD officers. Within 90 seconds of the first officer arriving on scene, the first house had been cleared, the school was locked down and the suspect was taken into custody.”
Islands Precinct detectives recovered prescription drugs taken in Thursday’s burglaries from Boykin’s residence along with cash that he didn’t seem to know he had.
Precinct detectives continue to investigate the burglaries.
SAVANNAH, GA (November 23, 2013): One Savannah man is hospitalized and another is in custody after witnesses followed a hit and run driver from East Bay and Abercorn streets early this morning.
Edwin Willie Rivera, 28, was stopped by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police after he ran a red light at East Broad and President streets about 2:25 a.m. That’s when a witness identified him as the driver of the previous incident as well.
Meanwhile, Andrew Seskey, 21, was being transported to Memorial University Medical Center with serious injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
Officers from the Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) said Rivera was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer in the right hand lane of Bay Street headed east when he struck Seskey. Seskey was walking across Bay against the traffic light at the time. Alcohol was identified as a contributing factor for both parties.
Rivera was charged with hit and run, failure to report an accident, DUI less safe, failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to obey traffic signals.
MAIT officers continue to investigate.
SAVANNAH, GA. (November 22, 2013): A Fayetteville, NC, man is in critical condition in a Savannah hospital after the car he was driving left two traffic collisions and crashed into a tree on Victory Drive Thursday night.
After the midnight crash, Jeffrey Delaney, 30, was transported to Memorial University Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit.
He was driving a white Chevrolet Monte Carlo eastbound on Victory Drive when the car struck another vehicle near Victory and Harmon Street, struck the rear of a pickup truck and preceded past Wallin Drive where it struck a palm tree.
The Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department continues to investigate.
Animal Control Seeks Volunteers
SAVANNAH, GA (November 22, 2013): In a push to increase volunteer numbers, Savannah-Chatham County Animal Control will host an orientation class for new volunteers, Saturday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m. in the animal shelter at 7211 Sallie Mood Drive.
Animal Control seeks volunteers to serve as: greeters, office assistants, animal photographers, event coordinators, groomers, property maintenance workers, kennel assistants, dog walkers, cat socializers, play area monitors, off-site adoption managers, veterinary service supporters, and foster coordinators.
No prior animal shelter experience is necessary. Newly trained volunteers will be authorized to serve immediately after orientation.
Potential volunteers are asked to notify Lewis prior to orientation; though, walk-ins are welcome. Volunteers must be at least 17-years-old.
Lewis can be reached at (912) 525-2151 or email@example.com.
SAVANNAH, GA. (November 21, 2013): Three Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department officers are being credited with saving the life of a Cloverdale neighborhood resident they found trying to fight a fire in his house Monday.
The West Chatham Precinct officers entered the house on the 1600 block of Rosemary Street after finding the roof ablaze about 4:35 a.m. to locate the elderly resident in the kitchen fighting the fire with a garden hose.
While they were trying to get him away from the blaze, a large portion of the ceiling fell in, spreading fire between the officers and the resident. The officers ran through the fire, grabbed the man and pulled him out of the building.
“This was a lifesaving effort by these three officers who put their lives in jeopardy to save another and an example of the actions members of this department do daily to protect the public,” said Interim Police Chief Julie Tolbert. “We are proud of their actions and the work done by them and their fellow department members.”
Capt. Philip Reilley, precinct commander, has nominated the three officers for one of the department’s highest honors – the “Lifesaving Award.” Nominated were West Chatham officers Andre’ Cureton, Joel Mondesir and Jacob Kapeller.
The house was destroyed, but the resident escaped injury other than minor smoke inhalation.
SAVANNAH, GA. (November 21, 2013): A Savannah man who reported he had been assaulted, robbed at gunpoint and left tied up in his own living room on Sept. 4, has been charged with falsely reporting the crime.
Timothy Daniel, 28, of the first block of Belfare Drive, was charged by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police robbery detectives with false statements and false report of a crime after a two-month investigation.
That investigation revealed that the crime he had reported never took place.
Southside Precinct Patrol officers had been called to the residence and found Daniel bound hand and foot with plastic ties. He said he had been struck over the head, robbed of some $1,400 by two men with blue bandanas over their faces, and left tied up.
“These false reports tie up a significant amount of resources,” said Interim Police Chief Julie Tolbert. “Officers are pulled off their assigned duties to locate, secure and protect the crime scenes. Forensics investigators are brought in to document the sites. And detectives are reassigned from active investigations to these fraudulent cases.
“No police department can afford to waste such resources. And these investigations prevent officers from their assigned duties that enhance the safety of our community. This won’t be tolerated and we will charge everyone who files fraudulent reports accordingly.”
SAVANNAH, GA. (November 21, 2013): A man, woman and a 15-year-old girl have been arrested and charged after the armed robbery, auto theft and attempted kidnapping of a Savannah woman Wednesday.
Luther Bernard Greene, 17, Lashawnda Sierra Barnwell, 19, and the juvenile were arrested three hours after the robbery at East Taylor and Lincoln Streets. Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police robbery detectives have charged each with armed robbery, hijacking of a motor vehicle and kidnapping.
They were identified after officers in the newly formed Tactical Investigation Unit (TIU) conducted a surveillance of the stolen car. Officers took the suspects into custody when they again approached the car.
The 21-year-old owner of the white 2002 Ford Focus reported she was walking back to her vehicle with several packages about 11 a.m. when a young male and female approached her, demanded her belongings and drove away with the car.
The TIU was established two weeks ago by interim Assistant Police Chief Terry Enoch, and Patrol Majors James Barnwell and Richard Zapal, partially to help address the issue of violent crimes.