Earlier this month, the Statesboro-Bulloch County Crime Suppression Team was notified of a violent fugitive, 24 year-old Anthony Bates from Atlanta, that was hiding out near Lanier Drive in Statesboro. Bates had active arrest warrants issued in Fulton County for his part in an Armed Robbery and Aggravated Assault, which occurred in that jurisdiction.
CST investigator Louis Parker investigated possible locations where Bates might have been hiding. On Christmas Day, Investigator Parker received information that Bates might be located in Park Place Apartments on Lanier Drive. Inv Parker, along with Statesboro Police Department’s Sgt Saxon and Officer Custer, attempted to make contact but Bates had left prior to their arrival. SPD Advanced Patrol Officer Smallegan observed a man matching Bates’s description on an apartment balcony at Eagle Heights Apartments on Lanier Drive. Inv Parker and SPD officers responded to the location.
Inv Parker and the SPD officers spoke with several women and children at the apartment and discovered Bates was hiding in the attic. Sgt Saxon was able to convince one of the residents to talk to Bates. He was taken into custody by Officer Custer without violence and transported to the Bulloch County Jail. He was then extradited back to Fulton County.
From BCSO: This case illustrates CST’s ability to work with multiple agencies to protect the public and also shows its dedication to arresting potentially violent offenders living near student housing.