Sometimes criminals seem to drive up to the courthouse and turn themselves in.
That’s just about what happened Thursday afternoon when sheriff’s investigators Sandy Cook and David Vazquez with the Clayton County Fugitive Unit, spotted a man in traffic in front of the Harold R. Banke Justice Center on Tara Boulevard.
The center houses the county’s courthouse, sheriff’s office and jail.
They recognized Stanley Claude Pierre, 31, of Hampton, as a fugitive wanted on outstanding felony charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated assault, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, false imprisonment, battery, reckless conduct and theft by taking, said Sheriff’s Lt. Brian Crisp.
Pierre was behind the wheel of a 2008 Chrysler 300.
Cook and Vazquez, with the assistance of members of the Sheriff’s Response Team and K-9 Unit, arrested Pierre at about 3:30 p.m.
He is accused of threatening, and beating, Brenda Copeland with a shotgun on Dec. 6, at 1706 Pheasant Drive, in Jonesboro, said Crisp.
Cook and Vazquez requested marked units from the sheriff’s office to assist in conducting a felony traffic stop, due to Pierre’s prior violent history, he said. Marked units were able to arrest him without incident.
When Pierre was taken into custody, he had in his possession a handgun and several ounces of suspected marijuana ready for sale, said Crisp. Additional charges were placed against him for possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during commission of a crime, and driving with a suspended license.
Pierre is being held without bond at the Clayton County Jail.
According to Georgia Department of Corrections records, Pierre has served three separate sentences in state custody since May 2000. He was most recently released Sept. 3, 2010.