Florida attempted murder suspect caught in Valdosta

Community reacts to Fl. Murder suspect being caught in Valdosta

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) - A man wanted in Florida on attempted murder was found in Valdosta Tuesday around 10:45 a.m. after law enforcement received an anonymous tip.

Officers said they received a tip that the man was at a home on Sundance circle.

When they responded to the area, the man left very quickly.

He led officers to a woman’s front yard.

“There was a car parked out here and a bunch of cop cars," said Jeane Posthumus.

Jeane Posthumus
Jeane Posthumus (Source: WALB)

She said that her boyfriend came home to find a scene that immediately had them worried.

“And he’s like, ‘Oh my God, what did I do? What did I do?'" said Posthumus.

As it turns out, officers had followed 35-year-old Devin Mitchell to the area.

They said when they approached the car he was driving, Mitchell got out and ran.

“It was a lot of motor racing and it was a lot of fast movement so we looked out the window to see what was going on,” said Sharon Rozier, a resident.

Outside the Rozier family’s door, officers said they began tracking Mitchell.

“I hadn’t seen anything like that since we’ve been here really," said Douglas Rozier.

Douglas and Sharon Rozier
Douglas and Sharon Rozier (Source: WALB)

Between their homes and the business on the opposite side of the street, they found Mitchell.

“I thought they was looking for somebody but not for anything that serious," said Douglas.

Valdosta police said he was wanted for probation violation, attempted murder in Florida and more.

“When I found that out, it really made me think. I was a little bit scared," said Posthumus.

“We are at relief knowing what had happened, why they were looking for him and that they got them," said Douglas.

Mitchell is also facing obstruction of an officer charges and numerous traffic violations now.

Mitchell was taken to the Lowndes County Jail.

"Our officers did a great job working together in apprehending this dangerous subject and getting him off the streets,” said Valdosta Police Chief Leslie Manahan.

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