UPDATE: Suspect in viral incident near ASU’s campus in custody

UPDATE: Suspect in viral incident near ASU’s campus in custody
Taurean Davis (Source: Albany Police Department's Facebook page)

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - The Albany Police Department (APD) was searching for a man in connection to an incident that happened at an apartment complex near the Albany State University (ASU) campus, and he has turned himself in.

Police were looking for Taurean Davis, 19, of Kennesaw, according to a Facebook post by the department.

Davis turned himself in and is now in the Dougherty County Jail. Wanted : Taurean Davis, 19 Davis is 6’0 tall and...

Posted by Albany Ga Police Department on Monday, October 26, 2020

Davis was wanted after police reported that another man was taken into an apartment, stripped naked, beaten with a handgun, followed while being streamed on social media and left outside without his clothes or phone.

The victim told police that Davis took his phone and then used it to stream the incident on the victim’s Instagram page.

Below is a copy of APD’s incident report. Names, addresses and phone numbers have been redacted to protect those mentioned.

The incident happened on Oct. 21 in the 400 block Of East Whitney Avenue.

According to an ASU campus police report, Davis is a student at the university, however, the victim is listed as not being a student.

Below is a copy of ASU’s incident report. Names, addresses and phone numbers have been redacted to protect those mentioned.

Davis was wanted for aggravated assault with a firearm, kidnapping, and false imprisonment, according to APD’s Facebook post.

APD said the vehicle Davis is driving has damage on the driver’s side rear quarter panel near the gas tank.

Taurean Davis' vehicle and tag, according to the Albany Police Department.
Taurean Davis' vehicle and tag, according to the Albany Police Department. (Source: Albany Police Department's Facebook page)

Police said anyone with any information on the case should call APD, the ASU Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS. Officers said Davis is known to carry a handgun and should not be approached.


Albany State University responded after the viral social media video surfaced, showing a man being beaten by an assailant last Wednesday.

ASU said the incident happened at a private apartment complex, just off-campus. Campus police and the Albany Police Department are investigating the incident.

University President Marion Fedrick said the video depicts the harassment and dehumanization of a person — actions she says are never appropriate, no matter the situation.

“Whether you are an ASU student or not, if you were involved in (those) actions, you were disrespectful to yourself, your families, our community and Albany State University,” Fedrick said. “If ASU students participated in such actions, you will be held accountable in accordance with the student code of conduct and all applicable laws. This is not the behavior that I expect or will accept from those who call themselves Golden Rams.”

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