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Multiple Forgery Arrests in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK, GA -- On Tuesday, Oct. 19, two detectives with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office observed suspicious activity at a Wachovia Bank (4355 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, 30189).

The detectives watched as several individuals exited a van parked behind the bank and entered the bank separately.

The van began to leave the parking lot when one of the individuals was still inside the bank.

Detectives attempted to pull the van over. As one of the detectives approached the vehicle on foot, the van sped away on Towne Lake Parkway toward I-575.

Woodstock Police assisted in pursuing the van southbound on I-575 into Cobb County. Cobb County Police then took over the pursuit, which ended on South Marietta Parkway.

There were four suspects inside the van; they tried to flee on foot. Three of the suspects were immediately captured.

Marietta Police Need Your Help

MARIETTA, GA -- The Marietta Police Department's Investigative Services Unit is currently investigating a homicide that occurred on Sept. 18 between 12:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. at the Autumn View Apartments (1035 Franklin Road SE, Marietta, 30067).

According to detectives, the victim, 27-year-old Boydrick Powell of Marietta, was killed when he was beaten with a baseball bat during a robbery inside Apartment P15.

Within hours of the murder, Marietta detectives secured arrest warrants for the suspects, 28-year-old Jesus Hernandez-Perez and Jose Marcelino Badillo-Pacheco, 21, both of Marietta.

Hernandez-Perez was subsequently arrested without incident on Sept. 20 by the Marietta Police Department and Cobb County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Unit. He remains at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center without bond and with an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold.

Badillo-Pacheco, aka "Gordo," remains at large.

Marietta PD Creates Bullying PSA For Web

The Marietta Police Department has created a series of public service announcement videos that can be viewed from the department's Web site, including their latest one on bullying.

Police officials said they hope citizens will use the videos to protect themselves and those around them.

The videos are being provided free online and on DVD to anyone who would like copies to help with education about issues facing the community. For more information, take a look at the Marietta Police Web site, or call the community outreach department at 770-794-2364.

Arrest Made in July Hit-and-Run

SMYRNA, GA -- Members of the Smryna Police Department's Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P) have identified and charged the driver in the July 17 Cobb Parkway hit-and-run that put a Smyrna teenager in the hospital.

On Oct. 5, after a three month investigation, traffic homicide investigators took charges against Damon Dye, 44, of Marietta for hit and run, serious injury by a vehicle and duty to report an accident. Investigators used cell phone location data to triangulate Dye's movements prior to, at the time of and after the incident. This data placed Dye at the scene of the incident and also showed where Dye disposed of the vehicle in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Dye was previously arrested on July 23 for obstruction in connection to the case. He hindered the investigation by lying to investigators and providing multiple false accounts of where his vehicle was located.

The victim in this case sustained a severe head injury and fractured hip.

Cobb Police Search for Kidnapped Mableton Man

SMYRNA, GA -- The Cobb County Police Department's Crimes Against Persons Unit continues to investigate a kidnapping that occured near El Patron Mexican Restaurant (2074 South Cobb Drive SE, Smyrna, 30060).

On Sunday, Oct. 3, 35-year-old Rafael Ortega Duarte of Mableton and a female companion were kidnapped by a group of males in a parking lot adjacent to the restaurant, according to investigators. Duarte's black 2004 Cadillac Escalade was also taken. The female companion was dropped off in the City of Marietta and located in good health by officers.

Later that afternoon, Duarte's vehicle was located in Cherokee County with signs of violence in the vehicle. Duarte has not been located; it is believed that he met with foul play.

Duarte is described as 5'5" and 200 pounds.

Marietta Police Need Your Help

MARIETTA, GA -- The Marietta Police Department is currently investigating an armed robbery that occurred at La Carreta Grocery and Tacqueria (1252 Roswell Road, Marietta, 30062).

On Monday, Sept. 27 just after 8:00 a.m., a black male armed with a handgun entered the business and assaulted an employee and a customer. During the course of the robbery, a round was fired from the weapon but did not strike anyone. The suspect made off with approximately $300 in cash. The employee and customer received minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

The suspect is described as being 5'6" to 5'8" and about 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, black hat, black ski mask and black gloves, and carrying a brown backpack.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Det. Daniel Ohmann at 770-794-5372.

Marietta Man Arrested for Drug Possession

ACWORTH, GA -- A Cherokee Sheriff's deputy patrolling Bells Ferry Rd. near Hwy 92 Thursday night stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop, the deputy discovered multiple violations, which led to the arrest of the driver, Tony Clark, 40, of Texarkana, AR, and both passengers, David Dejerinett, 31, of Marietta, GA and Evelyn Fitts, 31, of Jefferson, TX.

In addition to locating small amounts of marijuana and methamphetamine, deputies discovered numerous items in the vehicle, including substances used to manufacture meth. It is believed the suspects were transporting the items to a meth lab. CMANS agents were called to the scene to investigate the incident.

All three suspects are in custody without bond at the Cherokee Adult Detention Center. Clark was charged with Driving without a License, Unauthorized Use of a License Plate, No Tag Light, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana and Manufacturing Methamphetamine.