Home invasion on Cooler Road

Published 9:06 am Monday, November 3, 2008

In the second incident on Cooler Road in as many weeks, police responded to a home invasion early Wednesday morning.

Shortly after 8 a.m., Decatur County sheriff’s deputies and investigators responded to the E-911 call.

The resident of the home told investigators she awoke to the sound of her home being opened. She arose from her bed to find a black male inside her home.

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When she confronted the man, he physically assaulted her, said Investigator Wendell Cofer. The man then fled from the home.

The Apalachee Correctional Institute search dogs were on the scene within the hour and began searching the wooded area surrounding the home for the intruder.

Cofer said the woman was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

Nothing is believed to have been taken from the residence.

Last week, the Sheriff’s Office had to use search dogs, a plane and a Georgia State Patrol helicopter in attempt to track down the last of three suspects in a burglary of firearms from a house on Cooler Road.

Convenient store murder update

Police are still searching for a masked robber that murdered the owner of a local convenience store.

On the night of Oct. 15, a robber came into the Inland service station at 525 W. Shotwell St. wielding a gun and demanding the money from the cash register.

Datta Atul Dave, 48, apparently froze with fear and the man shot her before fleeing from the store on foot.

Witnesses described the man as being a black male, between 5 feet, 10 inches to 6 feet tall weighing approximately 140 pounds.

Several witnesses told investigators they saw the man get into a gray SUV and drive away on Shotwell Street. BPS Investigator Mark Esquivel said they located the vehicle and driver and dispelled the tip. The driver of the vehicle said he had was pumping gas when he saw the man inside the store waving a gun. He said he got in his car and drove away.

Investigators believe the robber fled from the store on foot.

“The Georgia Bureau of Investigations and Bainbridge Public Safety are currently investigating all the leads and tips we have received,” Esquivel said. “We need help from the public in providing information.”

If you have a tip or information regarding the murder contact Bainbridge Public Safety at (229) 248-2038. Tips may remain anonymous.

Arrests & Citations

The following arrests and citations, a partial list of those occurring between Oct. 27-30, have been reported by Bainbridge Public Safety and the Decatur County Jail:

• Earnest Neal Foster, 51, 116 Georgia St., Bainbridge, probation violation—original charge possession of marijuana, BPS;

• Leroy Hamilton Jr., 30, 146 Meadowbrook Drive, Bainbridge, probation violation—original charge armed robbery, SO;

• Oscar Rolando Jimenez, 32, 2607 Fowlstown Road, Lot No. 5, Bainbridge, probation violation—original charge DUI (second offense), SO;

• Girlonzia Norwood McDaniel, 29, 3148 Spring Creek Road, Brinson, DUI, failure to maintain lane, seat belt violation, SO;

• Calvin Eugene Register, 17, 303 W. Green St., Bainbridge, theft by taking (misdemeanor), BPS;

• James Calvin Riley, 35, Pelham, Ga., theft by taking motor vehicle, burglary, SO;

• Youlandra Jones, 21, 102 Sloughloop Road, Bainbridge, probation violation, BPS;

• Runisha Detriveis Adams, 22, 2450 Dothan Road, Bainbridge, theft by shoplifting, BPS;

• Richard Lee Garcia, 19, 789 Pine Hill Road, Bainbridge, theft of motor vehicle, reckless driving, SO;

• Roger Lee Tyler Jr., 35, 430 W. College St., Bainbridge, driving without a valid license, BPS;

• Mark Ashley Webb, 38, Colquitt, Ga., probation violation—original charge possession of cocaine, SO;

• Henry James Wimberly, 48, Snellville, Ga., deposit account fraud (two counts), SO.