Aaron Parrish in custody after turning himself in

Published 9:16 am Friday, March 10, 2017

The Georgia State Patrol reports that the fugitive Ronnie Aaron Parrish has turned himself in to local authorities.  Parrish had a bench warrant in connection with burglary, entering auto and theft by receiving charges in Decatur County.

On March 1, the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office reached out to its local Georgia State Patrol Post requesting their assistance in apprehending this individual.  Parrish had reportedly made threats against law enforcement and taking him into custody quickly and safely became a high priority for the Troopers of Post 14, Colquitt.

In addition to their regular patrol duties, Troopers began actively searching for Parrish. They visited friends and relatives and interviewed neighbors.  Troopers quickly realized that Parrish had changed vehicles and began to close in on him.  On Wednesday, the 8th, Troopers were confident that Parrish was staying at a residence outside of Decatur County. The State Patrol quickly showed its power to mobilize Troopers from around the area and saturated the area with Troopers on the ground as well as having the State Patrol’s aviation unit in the air.  An individual seen driving Parrish near the area was arrested for driving on a suspended license and was found to have a warrant for his arrest.  It is believed that another accomplice drove to the area and helped Parrish escape arrest.

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With the pressure mounting, Parrish turned himself into authorities Thursday evening.

SFC Jeromy Roberts, Post Commander of GSP Colquitt stated that he is proud of the hard work of the Troopers assigned to this detail.

“Many people only think of the local Patrol Post as a small group of Troopers,” Roberts said. “Situations like this show what a benefit the State Patrol can be to our local communities.  We can bring in many resources from all over the state in a very short amount of time.  We live, work and raise our families in this community. We are proud to serve in our primary roles and enjoy helping out our local agencies when they need us.”