Officers catch suspect involved in hit-and-run

Published 2:25 pm Friday, September 20, 2019

Earlier this week The Post-Searchlight reported Bainbridge Public Safety was seeking the driver involved in a hit and run accident that sent the victim to the hospital. Following the story, the driver was found and identified as Robert Sapp.

BPS investigators worked diligently to find Sapp. They began with the piece of evidence left at the scene, a side mirror that had been knocked off and traced the parts number back to the color, make and model of the used vehicle.

They then used an intelligence system to find vehicles in the local area that were the same make, model and color of the car and found one registered to a woman on Bruton Street. Officers found the vehicle, which had substantial damage and was missing a mirror. They matched the missing mirror to where it would have been located and confirmed it came from there.

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The woman admitted it was her vehicle, but her son, Sapp had been driving it and returned it that way.

Officers began to investigate Sapp and try and contact him, but he refused to respond.

While working to find Sapp, officers received an anonymous tip telling them where Sapp would be at approximately 4:47 p.m. and what he would be driving. Officers followed the tip and parked outside of where Sapp was supposed to be located.

Sapp emerged in the vehicle, where officers converged not allowing him to drive away.

Although there was no way out, Sapp still attempted to reverse, hitting Chief Investigator Larry Funderburke’s truck. Investigator Chip Nix demanded Sapp to exit the vehicle. Sapp, still refusing, put the car in drive and hit Nix’s vehicle.

Nix then drew his weapon and commanded Sapp again to exit the vehicle.

Sapp finally complied, but would not get on the ground as demanded. Officers eventually tackled Sapp and took him to custody, before conducting a search of his vehicle.

Upon searching his vehicle, officers found a quantity of methamphetamines packaged for sale, scales and small baggies. In addition they found a pistol with a loaded magazine, another loaded magazine and further ammunition.

Officers charged Sapp with felony possession of methamphetamines with intent to distribute, felony possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and felony leaving the scene of an accident.

Additional charges are pending due to the non compliance with public safety officers.