Man indicted in alleged carjacking

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

By Kathy Jefcoats


A man who led Clayton County police on a search through Jonesboro in April was indicted this week on charges relating to that incident.

Danielle Nathaniel Tomes, 30, faces charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, hijacking a motor vehicle, false imprisonment, and motor vehicle theft. Clayton County police said Tomes carjacked a woman at a local library and then stabbed her in the arm when she tried to escape.

Officers caught up to Tomes in the woman's 1999 Saturn in front of Tara Woods Apartments but Tomes fled on foot. He ran into a nearby church by the back door and exited out the front as officers pulled into the parking lot.

According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, Tomes was released Jan. 31 from Rutledge State Prison, after serving more than 12 years of a 20-year sentence for aggravated assault on a Fulton County police officer.

In other indictments, a Tennessee woman was charged with false statements and false report of a crime in an Aug. 25 incident. Morrow police said Teresa Dawn Stanfill, 44, reported that she and her husband, James Stanfill, were the victims of a home invasion in Cobb County. She reportedly told police her husband was shot during the alleged incident.

Upon further investigation, police learned that James Stanfill was instead the suspect in a home invasion in Rockdale County, according to the arrest warrant.

A woman accused of going on a verbally-abusive tirade in a local school was indicted on carrying weapons into a school, disorderly conduct and disruption of a public school. Sharon Craft, 36, allegedly went into Charles Drew High School and verbally abused staff for 5, to 10 minutes. When she was arrested, officers found a knife with a blade exceeding 2 inches in her pocket, the warrant states.

A man suspected in a Dec. 25 assault faces 14 felony charges of aggravated assault, armed robbery, false imprisonment, kidnapping and cruelty to children. The indictment alleges that Charles Edward Murdaugh II, 27, barged into a Riverdale home on Christmas Day and robbed four people of their cell phones at gunpoint.

Javier Lopez was indicted for trafficking marijuana and cocaine. The indictment alleges he possessed more than 50 pounds of marijuana and more than 28 grams of cocaine during a March 15 incident. Police said Lopez was within 1,000 feet of a public school, was carrying a stolen handgun and lied to police about his identity.