Four arrested in Midway Credit Union Attempted Robbery
U.S. Attorney’s Office November 14, 2013
Special Agent Stephen Emmett (404) 679-6451
ATLANTA—Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Mark F. Giuliano, in conjunction with Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes, announces the following arrests at Liberty County, Georgia, in connection with yesterday’s armed robbery of the Interstate Federal Credit Union, located at 11868 East Oglethorpe Highway in Midway, Georgia.
On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at approximately 8:36 a.m., two black males, armed with handguns, attempted to enter the rear door of the Interstate Federal Credit Union, 11868 East Oglethorpe Highway in Midway, Georgia. An observant bank employee quickly locked the rear doors of the bank while instructing other bank employees to call the police. Both of the would-be robbers ran back into the adjacent woods.
Responding Liberty County Sheriff’s Office K-9 units were able to track the individuals to the woodlines. Additional investigation determined that a black Chevrolet Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) picked up three males running out of those woods, two of those individuals matching the descriptions and bank surveillance photos of the robbers.
A Liberty County Sheriff’s Detective noticed a black Chevrolet Captiva SUV parked off Cay Creek Road, about one mile south of the victim bank. This SUV matched that from the robbery. While attempting to approach this vehicle, it pulled away from the responding officer. After a brief pursuit, the vehicle pulled into the El Cheapo gas station, located at 13670 East Oglethorpe Highway in Midway, Georgia.
Taken into custody by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and now charged federally by the FBI with violation of Title 18 USC 2113 (d), attempted bank robbery, are the following individuals:
- Durrell Jones, age 32, of Savannah, Georgia
- Randy Jones, age 31, of Savannah/Midway, Georgia
- Kendell Stevens, age 24, of Savannah, Georgia
- Demetrious Hall, age 30, of Savannah, Georgia
All are currently being housed at the Liberty County, Georgia Detention Facility and will be afforded an initial appearance in front of a U.S. Magistrate Judge on Friday, November 15, 2013.
The resulting federal criminal complaint is a direct result of an aggressive response by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Midway Police Department, Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the resulting immediate investigative response by their office, as well as that of the FBI and agents from the local office of the U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and explosives (ATF).
The public should be reminded that the above are merely allegations and that all persons are to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Click the below link to read the FBI news release.
Project Lifesaver working with Fort Stewart
August 14, 2013 the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office accompanied the DES, (Director of Emergency Services), Julie Hermann, to a conference meeting with the IMCON, (Installation Management Command), Lieutenant General Ferriter. LTG Ferriter was briefed by James Hackney, Operations Officer, on Project Lifesaver International, and the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff SIkes has Cpt. Edwards working with James Hackney to facilitate the resources necessary to bring Project Lifesaver International to the Fort Stewart Community.
Sheriff’s Citizen Police Academy
Our second class will begin on August 14th and end on November 6th. Classes will meet every Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm. Citizens interested may pick up the application in person on the first floor of the Justice Center, the Jail located on Airport Road or print one from our website. Applications must be submitted prior to noon August 9, 2013.
The Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy is established especially for citizens who are 21 years of age and older and are interested in establishing a productive partnership with members of local law enforcement and public safety.
The twelve week academy will meet one evening per week for approximately 2-3 hours per session. The class sessions will cover virtually every aspect of law enforcement. The curriculum will inform the students of operational dynamics of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, and the critical role citizens play in crime control efforts.
In addition to classroom training, the academy students will be required to participate in action-oriented activities, riding with deputies on patrol, a tour of the detention center, mock crime scene processing, familiarization with firearms, and mock traffic stops.
This class is limited to 15 people, so applications will be reviewed, references will be checked, and a criminal history of the applicant will be completed to ensure outstanding citizens are participating in the academy.
*The initial class will be held in the Training Office located at the jail.
Sheriff’s from across the state lobby against House Bill -1
Sheriff Sikes, Sheriff Nobles and 67 other Sheriff’s from across the state spent Thursday in Atlanta at the State Capital to lobby against House Bill-1. House Bill-1 was introduced by Representative Wendell Willard of the 51st District, which is the Fulton County area. This bill, if passed, would take drug seizure asset funds away from Law Enforcement, placing an even larger burden on the local tax payer. With the help of Representative Al Williams and many others the bill was postponed until next year. At least this will give the citizens time to voice their opinions to their perspective Representatives. For more information on House Bill-1, go to www.legis.ga.gov/legislation
Sheriff Promotes Deputies
A promotion ceremony was held this morning in the Liberty County Justice Center. Sheriff Sikes mentioned how proud he was of his deputies and how honored he was to be the Sheriff of this county. He made a total of five promotions throughout the department and said it was the start of his reconstruction plan.
Transitioning Our Senior Staff
Sheriff Sikes gave Thanksgiving from within the department this morning as he promoted a few of his deputies. Deputy Lyn Long received a promotion to Sargent in booking. Lt. Boyd was promoted to assistant jail administrator. Captain Bruce Duncan who has served 10 years as our assistant jail administrator will take the place of our Jail Administrator Douglas Franks. Capt. Jon Long who started his career 39 years ago as a jailer under Sheriff Bobby Sikes was promoted to Chief Deputy. Mr. Franks along with Chief Deputy Keith Moran will retire at the end of this year.
These positions are very viable to this department and making sure the right people fill them is a huge task. “Liberty County Sheriff’s Office has a good mix of senior staff and being able to promote in house is always a good thing” says Sheriff Sikes. These promotions represent 85 plus years of experience and having this experience in our department means a lot.
The Sheriff’s Office has really been thriving since our last Spotlight. Sheriff Sikes has implemented several new programs and policies that continue to be beneficial to our community. Sheriff Sikes is dedicated to improving the Sheriff’s Office and insuring policies and procedures are followed on a daily basis.
We have just graduated our first ever Citizen’s Academy Class. This Academy was started for those interested in establishing a productive partnership with members of local law enforcement and public safety through classroom and hands on training. We are also proud to announce the implementation of Project Lifesaver which is designed to provide rapid response to save lives and reduce potential for serious injury in adults and children who wander due to certain illnesses/conditions. Our website www.libertyso.com has information regarding these programs, as well as any contact information, a list of our most wanted, various news articles, employment applications and a list of our current inmates.
We are now taking advantage of federal training programs to expand knowledge and skills in our deputies, to include having a deputy work hand-in-hand with the U.S. Marshalls Tasks Force. Sheriff Sikes makes an effort to promote and acknowledge his employees, or as the old saying goes “give credit where credit is due”. Recently, among others, Cpl. Terry Perry was awarded the Medal of Valor for his act of bravery while working off duty at a local night club. This is one of the highest honors the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office bestows.
We have several new changes taking place this month. As some may know, Chief Deputy Moran and Doug Franks are retiring after many years of worthy dedication. Cpt. Jon Long will be promoted to Chief Deputy and Cpt. Bruce Duncan is promoted to Jail Administrator. Among these changes, Sheriff Sikes will be attending the Georgia Sheriffs-Elect Academy. This is a mandatory four week academy to better familiarize sheriffs with the operations of the Sheriff’s Office.
Hands Across the Border 2012
Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputies participated in The Annual “Hands Across the Border” campaign seeking to save lives. Florida, Alabama, and Georgia Law Enforcement Agencies conduct a joint effort to crack down on drunk and unsafe driving. The “Hands Across the Border” events were created when safety advocates from across the southeast met to find ways to focus on the importance of using occupant protection devices. In 1991, these advocates came together and created the first “Hands across the Border” event in Jacksonville, Florida, and Valdosta, Georgia areas. In 1993, the state of Alabama joined efforts. Today, states across the country participate in similar annual events.
Check out our photo gallery http://libertyso.com/photo-gallery to view photos from today’s event.
Don’t be a victim of SCAMS!
The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office would like people to be aware of recent telephone scams in our area. We have received several calls here from citizens in our county who have recently been affected. One, for example, we received was from and elderly woman who answered a call to her home saying her grandson was in jail and needed her to send money to his account. This is a VERY popular scam where in some cases the caller plays the role of the relative in jail. She immediately thought the call was odd as her grandson had never been in any trouble. She called us to be sure he was not in our custody and explained the phone call. We explained to her this was a common scam that people use to mostly target elderly people in getting them to send their money to the fraudulent caller.
Please keep this in mind when receiving phone calls like this. NEVER give your bank account information, Social Security number or any other personal information over the phone. Always call to verify what callers reason for needing money before sending it.
* Shred documents useful to criminals, such as bank statements, credit card statements and offers,
* Register on the national Do-Not-Call Registry and hang up on all solicitation calls to avoid phone scams.
* Be wary of individuals who have newly befriended you or a loved one, and make an effort to get to know them.
Salt Cured gives proceeds to Project Lifesaver!
We would like to publicly thank “Salt Cured” for their donation to our Project Lifesaver Program. They raffled off a cooler over the weekend at the Coastal Empire’s Kingfish Classic tournament at the Ft. McAllister Marina in Richmond Hill, GA. Salt Cured donated over $1000 to benefit our Program. Project Lifesaver is designed to provide a rapid response to save lives and reduce potential for serious injuries for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism. Down Syndrome, dementia and other related cognitive conditions. Project Lifesaver provides equipment, training, certification and support to law enforcement , public safety organizations and community groups throughout the state and nation.