By Kathy Jefcoats
JONESBORO — A Clayton County Board of Education District 5 candidate wanted on a bench warrant was arrested after deputies spotted him outside a Riverdale voting site Wednesday morning holding one of his campaign signs, said a sheriff’s spokesman.
Capt. Brian Crisp said Xavier Ross, 22, of Riverdale, was outside the Frank Bailey Senior Center, where early voting is being held for the Nov. 6 election. Ross was holding one of his signs, urging people to cast their ballots for him.
Ross was wanted since May 16, said Solicitor General Tasha Mosley. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest for failure to appear on an $80 traffic ticket and Clayton County sheriff’s deputies have been looking for him for weeks, Crisp said.
The warrant was turned over Monday to the Fugitive Unit, which found him holding an “Elect Xavier Ross” sign, said Crisp. Deputies watched Ross and called for a marked unit to assist in making the arrest, he said. Before the marked unit got there, Ross left.
“The members of the Fugitive Unit followed Ross to Rountree Road and Chestnut Lane,” said Crisp. “Contact was made with Ross and he was advised of the warrant. Ross said he was aware of the incident but did not know he had a warrant.”
Crisp said Ross was handcuffed and taken to the Clayton County Jail without incident.
According to Clayton County Jail records, Ross was booked in at 9:50 a.m. and was released at 10:34 a.m.
Ross was named a person of interest in the disappearance of funds from the Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School PTA. Ross was treasurer of the PTA at the time the money went missing and school officials said they have no accounting for the money. Ross has not been charged.
Clayton BOE spokesman David Waller said their file was turned over to the Clayton County Police Department for investigation.
“Once our internal investigation was completed, the records and the investigation were turned over to the Clayton County Police Department,” said Waller. “It is then their decision to either pursue the case or not. It is out of our hands at this point.”
The Clayton County Police Department could not immediately be reached for comment on the status of the investigation.