Two men are in the hospital after wrecking a truck they stole an hour earlier. A man told police victim told police he was working in the area of Capitol Street in a gated area, when Michael Germany, 18, jumped into his truck while he was working on equipment and drove away, picking up a second person near the gate.
About an hour later the truck was found wrecked at Wheaton and Randolph streets. Both occupants were trapped and had to be extricated from the vehicle by Savannah Fire and Rescue. Germany is in serious condition in the hospital and the passenger is in serious but stable condition.
• A 33–year–old parolee with an extremely long record in the legal system was charged with burglary and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after a neighbor caught him leaving an apartment that had been broken into.
Tariq Brown was arrested after officers identified the owner of the car he was driving and determined he had borrowed it before the break–in. Police discovered guns that had been stolen in one of the burglaries.
The events started when a resident of Oglethorpe Place Apartments on Mall Boulevard noticed Brown drive up in a black SUV and run behind a building. The resident walked to his neighbor’s apartment, saw Brown enter it, then retrieved a firearm and tried to restrain him when he exited.
Brown started running, refusing to stop even when the neighbor fired a shot into the ground. Detectives discovered broken glass at another apartment from which a manila envelope had been taken. It was found in the apartment where Brown was first spotted.
Brown previously had been arrested in Savannah 24 times and has been imprisoned five times by the State of Georgia. He began a 20–year sentence on a negotiated plea on nine burglary charges in Feb. 2008 but was released Dec. 1, 2010.
• A human resources employee at TitleMax headquarters in Savannah was arrested for embezzling over $20,000 from the business over a three month period.
• Police went to a Dollar General on report of a robbery. Store employees told police the suspect brandished a weapon, demanded money and personal belongings, then forced them go into the back room of the store where restrained them with zip ties.
The suspect, Derek Ramon San Juan, 20, was observed on video committing the robbery. Investigators later were able to locate him in a southside apartment complex.
• Police arrested one man after a shootout that spanned Savannah and Garden City.
Quinton Butterfield was found shot in the foot behind Sustainable Fellwood Homes. He said he was walking when a car drove by and shots were fired.
Brandon Williams was found shot in the arm in a car Garden City Police stopped for driving with a flat tire at a high rate of speed. He told police he was walking down Bay Street when some black males shot at him. He denied being near the Richards Street shooting but police were able to place him there at the time of the shooting.
Police learned that the Chatham Narcotic Team had an active investigation on Williams. CNT secured a search warrant and searched his house, securing items.