The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office put out information about a man who threw a glass bottle at a group of bicycle riders on September 13, and the investigation paid off with an arrest a couple of weeks later.
Detectives got lots of tips and put them together with evidence they had in the form of pictures, and video from a camera mounted on one of the bicycles. That led them to Willie James Edwards, 54.
"That partnership with our community is tremendous. Information is what drives law enforcement investigations," said Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Lt. Stryde Jones. "So, to have the community willing to participate and provide that information to us is just a tremendous asset."
Willie James Edwards, who lives on North Forrest Street, turned himself in to face the Reckless Conduct charge at the Lowndes County Jail on Saturday, October 3, and has been released on a $2,500 bond.
Around 4:00 that Sunday, a group of bikers was riding on Old State Road, when someone driving a pickup truck threw a glass beer bottle at the group. Luckily the bottle missed the cyclist, and shattered when it hit the asphalt showering the cyclist with glass.
Sheriff Chris Prine said in a press release Wednesday that he is grateful for the information that solved the case. "This is exactly the type of community help that leads to cases being solved. Crime prevention is a joint effort between the community and law enforcement."
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