STING NABS 3, K9 INJURED

SAVANNAH, GA (May 22, 2013) Two escapees from a Savannah Transition center and another man were arrested Tuesday night after robbing a man in Forsyth Park during a Metro Police undercover operation.

Devante Tyrell Bynes, 20, and Devon Manuel Tarver, 22, were arrested after a foot chase with Downtown Precinct officers and a Canine Unit of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police. Both men and K9 Flash were transported for treatment of injuries received in the arrest.

Also arrested was Josephewa Sonny Ramsey, 28, of the 500 block of Collingwood Drive, who was apprehended by the undercover detective who observed the robbery.

Bynes was charged with armed robbery, injury of a police animal, obstruction and escape. Tarver was charged with armed robbery, possession of a controlled substance (felony), possession of marijuana under an ounce (misdemeanor), obstruction and escape. Ramsey was charged with armed robbery and obstruction.

Officers from the SCMPD Robbery Unit, Downtown Precinct detectives and Crime Suppression Units were in the park just before midnight when the three men were observed robbing a 40-year-old Savannah man by the robbery detective.

The detective followed the men on foot in an unmarked car until the suspects began to run after they saw the detective observing them surround an unidentified male on a skate board.

The detective took Ramsey into custody immediately at Habersham and Hall streets. K9 Flash and his partner caught up with the others on East Bolton Street where Flash apprehended Tarver hiding on the front porch of a house and was apprehending Bynes under a house two doors away when both the suspect and canine were injured. Flash has been treated and is recuperating.

The three men also have been identified by a 21-year-old Savannah man who called police this morning to report he had been robbed 30 minutes earlier near the park. A cell phone reported taken in that robbery was recovered from the possession of one of the suspects. Investigations are continuing into both robberies and other incidents reported in the area.

Bynes was serving a three-year sentence for burglary in Chatham County in July 2012 when he escaped from the Coastal Transition Center last week. Other convictions are for theft by receiving stolen property, motor vehicle theft, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, and theft by taking.

Tarver was serving a 14-year sentence for robbery in Liberty County in 2009. Other convictions include two counts of burglary and an offense in Richmond County that is not detailed on Department of Corrections website.

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