Sheriff thanks citizen for tips leading to murder arrests
Sheriff Gene Scarbrough, Tift County Sheriff's Office
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -
Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough is hailing a citizen in the community for her help leading to the arrests of five suspects in the shooting death of an Omega teenager. Sheriff Scarbrough says that concerned citizen is leading by example and he now wants others in the community to do the same.
19-year old Tyler Johnson was shot Wednesday inside this apartment in Omega. The same day, arrests were made and the sheriff says it's thanks to an alert tipster.
"She was a trooper, she got in the car and followed them and got a tag number, description of the car, found a deputy in Omega at a restaurant and run in there and told him and four or five miles up the road they were pulled over," said Sheriff Scarbrough.
A Georgia DNR Ranger also spotted the White Chevrolet Impala the suspects were driving on Ty Ty Omega Road. The sheriff says this case illustrates the need for help from the community when crimes are committed.
"We need public involvement, not to get in a dangerous situation, but call and let us know what they see or hear," said Sheriff Scarbrough.
The driver, 31-year old Kelly Warren, 21-year old Trevon Rushton, 24-year of old Edwin Williams and 21 year old Carrington Hollis all of Thomasville were taken into custody. 23-year old Ronadarin Jones of Omega was arrested later that day at a residence in Omega. The case has been turned over to the GBI. All five suspects are charged with murder and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
"They've done a fabulous outstanding job, real quick. I mean we had four people in jail within an hour and a half of the shooting. They've done an awesome job," said Sheriff Scarbrough.
Neighbors say Johnson lived alone in this apartment on Georgia Avenue. That's where he was shot in the head Wednesday before noon. The help from a concerned citizen led police to make several arrests. The suspects are held in Tift County and other jails. Sheriff Scarbrough says he won't release where they are being held for their security and integrity of the case.