On Friday, June 10, Bainbridge Public Safety responded to a call in reference to a stolen vehicle.
At approximately 2:03 p.m., Bainbridge Public Safety was dispatched to a stolen vehicle call at Kentucky Fried Chicken on Shotwell Street in Bainbridge. According to E911, the stolen vehicle was a tan 2009 Pontiac G6.
According to the report, while en route, Public Safety Officers McCain and McMillan passed a tan Pontiac G6 travelling south on Highway 27, with a black male matching the caller’s description driving the car. As the officers turned around to check the car, the Pontiac increased speed and passed several vehicles in the northbound lane of traffic. The vehicle was out of sight until Officer McCain saw the car turn right onto Alice Street. However, the officers lost visual contact with the car again, but spotted it parked in the Port City Plaza parking lot, behind the First Port City Bank branch location. The vehicle was not running, but was left in gear.
As the Officers were searching the area for the suspect, a customer in the bank drive through informed them that a black male got out of the the car and ran towards Tallahassee Highway. Officers searched, but were unable to locate the suspect.
Back at the scene of the crime, the complainant, Rosalyn Anderson, told Officer McCain that she was at the restaurant with her mother and 11 month old baby. While her mother and baby were inside getting food, she waited in the shade under some trees near the car. The car was not running, but the keys were in the ignition. At this point, she noticed a black male wearing a grey shirt, cut off blue jean shorts and a large watch and necklace circling the parking lot on foot. Because the man walking through the parking lot seemed suspicious, she went inside to help her mother with the food.
While inside, she glanced out the window and saw the suspicious male walking towards her mother’s G6. At this point, according to the report, she “threw down the drink, grabbed her baby and ran outside towards the vehicle”. As the man was backing the car out, she was attempting to open the driver’s side door. At the same time, her mother was attempting to open the passenger door. As the driver put the car in gear, he struck the complainant’s mother. From the report, “She backed away from the car, but Phyllis did not and when the male pulled the vehicle forward it struck Phyllis”. The suspect left and headed west on Shotwell Street.
Upon recovery of the vehicle, investigators Esquivel and Nix processed the car for fingerprints. When investigators asked if anything was missing from the car, the complainant stated that her Samsung Note 4 was missing, as well as $60-$70 from her mother’s purse.
Based on video footage of the incident from First Port City Bank’s surveillance cameras, the officers were able to identify the suspect and he was later arrested.