FBI seeks Georgians with information of a suspected child sexual predator

Federal Bureau of Investigation

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ATLANTA — The FBI released the following statement today:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child.  Photographs and informational posters depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website athttp://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap

Initial images and video of the unidentified adult male, John Doe 28, engaging in sexually explicit activities with a child were first recorded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in November of 2012.  Investigators for the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have successfully enhanced images depicting John Doe 28 and believe they contain several clues, which may assist with the identification of the subject.  For example, the video depicts the subject and the victim inside a residence with what appears to be a blue sofa chair and a picture hanging on a wall in the background.  Additionally, the subject is wearing wire-framed glasses and a burgundy t-shirt with what appears to be a shark logo on his left side.

There are no specific details linking the suspect to a particular state or region of the United States, and both his identity and whereabouts are currently unknown.

The suspect appears to be a Caucasian male, possibly in his 30s or 40s, with a receding hairline and wearing wire-framed glasses.  Anyone with information to provide should submit a tip online athttps://tips.fbi.gov/ , or call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).  The public is reminded no charges have been filed in this case and the pictured individual is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

This individual is being sought as part of the FBI’s Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) initiatives, both of which represent strategic partnerships between the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.   Operation Rescue Me focuses on utilizing clues obtained through in-depth image analysis to identify the child victims depicted in child exploitation material, while ECAP seeks national and international media exposure of unknown adults (referred to as John/Jane Doe) who visibly display their faces and/or other distinguishing characteristicsin association with child pornography images.

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Arrest made in Valdosta store robbery kidnapping

-Update from Valdosta Daily Times-

 Kevin Dewayne Hutcherson

Kevin Dewayne Hutcherson

VALDOSTA — Homerville police arrested a suspect this afternoon in connection with the robbery of a Valdosta convenience store and the kidnapping of a a store clerk, according to the Valdosta Police Department. Kevin Dewayne Hutcherson, 31, of Homerville is charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated sodomy, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, police report.

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On March 14, 2014 at approximately 12:47 am, the Valdosta Police Department responded to the report of a robbery that occurred at the Murphy Express, 277 Norman Drive. According to the victim, at approximately 12:40 am a dark skinned, African American male, approximately 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, entered the store looking around, then pulled out a knife, and demanded money. The victim gave the offender money from the cash register. The offender restrained the victim and forced her into his truck. The victim was able to jump out of the truck at the intersection of Norman Drive and West Hill Avenue and run into a business where employees called “911”. The victim was not seriously injured in the case. The offender continued eastbound on Hill Avenue. A lookout to other law enforcement was sent out by Valdosta Police for the truck. The truck, a blue Ford Ranger which had been stolen out of Clinch County, was later spotted in Homerville. A vehicle pursuit occurred and ended with the offender wrecking and running on foot, but he was not located. Detectives from the Valdosta Police Department and a Crime Scene Technician from the Valdosta-Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory responded to investigate the incident. Detectives continue to follow up on leads and have recovered helpful evidence in the case.

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City Hosts Spring E-Recycling Event, April 12

eRecycle300bThe City of Valdosta Public Works Department, in partnership with Keep Lowndes/Valdosta Beautiful (KLVB) and Atlanta Recycling Solutions, will host a Spring Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Mathis Auditorium parking lot, at 2300 North Ashley Street.

This event is one of two annual electronic recycling events and other year-round efforts that support the city’s recycling program by providing citizens with a viable solution to properly dispose of their electronics.  In 2013, nearly 30,000 pounds of electronics were collected at the spring and fall events.  Since the inception of the e-recycling events in 2006, the city has saved over 241 tons of electronic waste— 482,073  pounds!—from being disposed of into the landfill.

Citizens may drop off a number of electronic items at the event, such as cell phones, computer monitors, laptops, disk and floppy drives, test equipment, modems, circuit boards, typewriters, cables, eight-tracks, computer accessories, video machines, stereos, video cassette recorders (VCRs), CB radios, scanners, speakers, camcorders and cameras.  Televisions will be accepted at the event; however, there is a $20 charge per television to cover the costs of dissembling the televisions for the recyclable parts.

A number of volunteers will be available at Saturday’s event to help remove items from citizens’ vehicles.  The “drive-through” feature makes disposing of these items very convenient to participants—providing no reason for citizens to get out their vehicles.

“The city is proud to host these events each year,” said John Whitehead III, City of Valdosta Deputy City Manager for Operations. “The city would like to encourage Valdosta citizens to discard used or unwanted electronics equipment in this convenient and environmentally responsible manner and therefore play a major role in the preservation of our city.”

A number of items will not be accepted at the April 12 event—such as vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, washers, dryers, gas-powered equipment, non-electronic equipment, and other non-recyclable items.  Citizens may call the Public Works Department at (229) 671-3640 for more information, or click here for event flyer.

To stay informed of this event and other events taking place in the local government, sign up for E-News at www.valdostacity.com/publicinformation.

 

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Lowndes Sheriff’s deputies make pot trafficking arrest

March 12th 2014 Press Release from the  Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office: 

Vu  Than Cao of Rex, GA

Vu Than Cao of Rex, GA

On Tuesday evening around 8:40 a deputy assigned to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, Interstate Criminal Enforcement unit stopped a Lexus S.U.V. that was driving south on I-75 near mile marker 12, after noticing the vehicles extremely dark window tint. Once the vehicle stopped, the deputy made contact with the driver, Vu Cao and explained the purpose in the traffic stop. While speaking with Cao, the deputy noticed that he was visibly nervous and this seemed to worsen as the conversation continued. A Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit performed a sniff of the vehicle and received an alert. A search revealed approximately eleven {11} pounds of marijuana hidden in a duffel bag in the vehicle. This marijuana has an estimated street value of $33,000.

Vu Cao was arrested and transported to the Lowndes County Jail where he remains. He will appear in the Lowndes County Magistrate Court this afternoon for an arraignment hearing where a bond will be considered.

39-year-old Cao is from Rex, Georgia. He is charged with trafficking marijuana.

Sheriff Prine is asking that anyone with information on this case, or any other case to contact the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office at {229} 671-2950 or anonymous tips can be provided at {229} 671-2985 or on line at www.lowndessheriff.com.

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