By Linda Looney-Bond
The Clayton County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating persons remaining on the agency's current most wanted list.
"Typically, it is violent felony offenders," said Sheriff Kem Kimbrough. "It may be about their ability to hide, or it could be someone with a minor charge, but they're somebody who will shoot it out with you when you come to arrest them," he said. "Or it could be somebody who is exceptionally good at changing their name and their appearance, or something of that nature."
On July 17, deputies arrested two men who were on the list - Reginald Cedric Smith, 17, of Atlanta, who allegedly shook a 5-week-old infant, placing the child in a coma; and Archie Reed, III, 31, of Morrow, who is accused of assaulting a female adult and a juvenile, according to Clayton Sheriff's Office spokesperson, Sgt. Sonja Sanchez.
According to a county police report, the incident involving Smith occurred on July 3, at 5751 Riverdale Rd., in College Park. A social worker at Egleston Children's Hospital in Atlanta had called the Clayton County Department of Family and Children Services in reference to a juvenile victim who had been transported to the children's facility "with numerous injuries," the police report states.
The infant had been taken to Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale by his mother, after the mother found the child was "not responding as normal and [was] lethargic," the report says. Due to the child's condition, he was transported to Egleston. Sanchez said Smith is accused of shaking the child violently. He is charged with aggravated battery and cruelty to children, and remains in the Clayton County Jail.
Authorities say Reed was wanted for allegedly grabbing a female adult by her hair and pushing her head into a wall, causing a small hole in the wall, then later allegedly punching a female juvenile in the face, leaving her with a "swollen lip that was busted on the inside," according to a police report. The incident happened Feb. 2 at 5325 Creekview Way, in Morrow, after Reed had returned form a Super Bowl party later than the female adult had expected he would.
The report says Reed argued with the woman, then assaulted her. He, then, allegedly hit the female juvenile when she attempted to defend the woman. Police say Reed lunged at both alleged victims with a knife, then fled the scene. He is charged with aggravated assault and two counts of family violence, according to Sanchez. Reed also remains in the Clayton County Jail.
With the apprehension of Smith and Reed, there are currently 11 persons on the Sheriff's Office's 12 Most Wanted list.
"We're engaging every effort [to make arrests], contacting every agency, and working with our partners through the U.S. Marshals Service," said Kimbrough. "And, of course, we always need the community's help in partnering with us to keep these bad guys off the street."
Kimbrough added that the sheriff's office is making steady progress in clearing up a back-log of arrest warrants that his administration inherited when he took office in January. He said there were more than 19,500 outstanding warrants in the county when he took office. Monday, Kimbrough said the number is down to approximately 14,000, including new warrants.
The Sheriff's Office's current Most Wanted list includes:
· Alajandro Morales. Charged with murder, stemming from an incident on Sep. 30, 2004 at 1365 Conley Rd., in Conley. According to authorities, Morales is a known gang member, and was last known to be living in the Forest Park area.
· Jose Leyva. Charged with murder, involving a Sep. 22, 2007 incident at 17 Treasure Dr., Riverdale. Leyva is believed to have ties to the Riverdale area.
· Dayne Brown. Charged with aggravated assault, in an incident from Oct. 4, 2007 at 976 Forest Ave., Forest Park. Brown is believed to have ties to the Forest Park and Morrow areas.
· Russell Carpenter. Charged with murder and aggravated assault, in connection with an incident from May 10, 2009 at 225 Johnson Rd., Forest Park. Carpenter is believed to have ties to the Forest Park area, as well as Jackson, Miss.
· Victor Ibarra. Charged with aggravated assault, in a Sep. 26, 2006 at 7735 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro. Ibarra is believed to have fled to Mexico, but still has ties to the Jonesboro area.
· Rodricus Jackson. Charged with aggravated assault, burglary, and terroristic threats, in connection with an incident from Feb. 21, 2008 at 681 Flint River Rd., Jonesboro. Jackson is believed to have ties to the Kellytown Road area of McDonough.
· Herbert Richardson. Charged with aggravated stalking, stemming from an incident on Dec. 7, 2008 at 4000 Corporate Center Dr., Morrow. Richardson is believed to have ties to the Norcross, Ga. and New Orleans, La., areas.
· Federico Sanchez. Charged with rape and sodomy. Sanchez has previous ties to the Fayetteville area.
· Oliver Tavira. Charged with aggravated child molestation. Tavira uses the name Oliver Esteban Olvera, according to the Sherriff's Office. The incident occurred at 328 Autumn Dr., Riverdale. Tavira is known to frequent the Riverdale area.
· Karl Tulloch. Charged with trafficking cocaine, based on an incident from Oct. 15, 2004 at Hwy. 85 and Hwy. 138 in Riverdale. Tulloch is believed to have ties to the Forest Park and Morrow areas.
· Demontra Williams. Wanted for alleged violation of probation. Charge stems from an original charge of violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act. Williams is believed to have ties to the Conley and Forest Park areas.
Anyone with information about anyone on the Most Wanted list is asked to call the Clayton County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Section at (770) 477-4478.
For more information about the Most Wanted list, visit the sheriff's office's web site at www.claytonsheriff.com.