Crime

Boy, 11, tried to stop father’s fatal stabbing of mother

Detective at murder hearing: Son pulled knife from mother’s chest, wrapped her in his t-shirt

As Liliana Ruiz was being stabbed nine times by the father of her children, their 11-year-old son tried to halt the attack, a Fayette County sheriff’s detective testified in court this week.

Jesus Ojeda Jimenez, accused of murdering Ruiz in the Jan. 20 attack in front of her home in the Landmark Mobile Home Park, heard Detective Wendy Moulder recall that the boy pulled the knife from his mother and wrapped her in his t-shirt to try and save her.

Jimenez, meanwhile, fled the scene, leaving behind a note written in Spanish that asked for forgiveness and asked the first person responding to the scene at 350 Greenview Circle to take care of the three boys, Moulder said. Read More»

Burglars hit 2 F’ville businesses, 1 home

Fayetteville Police reported three burglaries over the Feb. 17 weekend. Two of those occurred in medical offices on Ga. Highway 54 West near Piedmont Fayette Hospital with only a small amount of cash stolen.

Fayetteville Police spokesman Steve Crawshaw said a burglar on Feb. 17 entered the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center office and the Womens Specialists of Fayette office, both located on Hwy. 54 West. Crawshaw said that in both cases the method of entry was unknown, adding that the only thing stolen at each office was petty cash. Read More»

Burglars steal A/V equipment from PTC church

Police are offering a reward of up to $1,000 to solve a burglary that occurred at Peachtree City First Baptist Church early Sunday morning.

Various audio-visual equipment and related components were taken from the church, police said.

Police also released a description of a suspicious person seen in the area several days before the burglary: a white male, 6’4” tall, with a heavy set build, approximately 260 pounds with a shaved head. This person was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, police said. Read More»

Fayette County law enforcement arrest reports — Feb. 7 – 13

The following arrests were made by local law enforcement from Feb. 7 through Feb. 14. Those arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Tuesday, Feb. 7 - Monday, Feb. 13


Peter Armour, 17, of Marla Circle, Riverdale, for furn./poss./consumption of alcohol by minor.

John H. Battle, 60, of Taylor Road, Riverdale, for bench warrant.

James Gates, III, 21, of Dorian Drive, Union City, for probation/parole violation.
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Shaken baby suspect denied bond

A north Fayette man has been denied bond following his arrest for shaking a 9-week-old infant and causing multiple injuries Feb. 4, according to court documents.

The infant suffered “subdural hematomas bilaterally and ischemic injury to the brain” according to the arrest warrant for Jamal Thomas, 20, of 210 North Fayette Drive, Fayetteville.

The warrant also accuses Thomas of striking the baby’s head on a door frame, causing an injury and visible bruising to the infant’s right forehead.

Thomas is charged with one felony count of cruelty to children in the first degree. Read More»

Fayette County law enforcement arrest reports — Jan. 31 – Feb. 6

The following arrests were made by local law enforcement during the past week. Those arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Tuesday, Jan. 31 - Monday, Feb. 6


Arthur J. Edwards, 49, of Santa Barbara Drive, Atlanta, for driving with suspended license, fraudulent use of driver license, no proof of insurance and giving false name.

Monae L. Harris, 37, of Emerald Pointe Circle, College Park, for open container, DUI alcohol and speeding.
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Fayette man accused of shaking infant, causing brain injuries

Jamal Thomas. Photo/Fayette County Sheriff's Department.

A north Fayette man remained in jail Thursday night, accused of shaking a 9-week-old infant, causing multiple injuries Feb. 4, The Citizen has learned.

Jamal Thomas, 20, of 210 North Fayette Drive, Fayetteville, is charged with one felony count of cruelty to children in the first degree.

Investigators aren’t releasing details on the case, but the arrest warrant filed in the case provides some information about the extent of the child’s injuries.

The warrant states that Thomas shook the child multiple times, “causing subdural hematomas bilaterally and ischemic injury to the brain.” Read More»

S.O. detectives hope video will ID burglary suspects

S.O. detectives hope video will ID burglary suspects

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department is hoping that surveillance video posted to YouTube will help reunite a local family with the ashes of their daughter.

One of the six clips shows two suspects entering a convenience store and having a conversation with an employee.

The video is clear enough that someone who knows the suspects will likely be able to recognize them.

One of the videos also shows the suspects’ vehicle pulling into a parking lot.

The videos may be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/FayetteSOCID. Read More»

F’ville man charged with Tyrone child molestation

A 19-year-old Fayetteville man has been charged with child molestation stemming from an early December incident involving a 4-year-old girl for whom he was babysitting for a Tyrone family.

Harrell T. Moore, of South Jeff Davis Drive, was arrested Feb. 6 on charges of child molestation, according to Tyrone Police Detective Philip Nelson. Read More»

Burglars strike 2 F'ville residences

Thieves over the weekend stole guns, a video game and alcohol from two Fayetteville residences.

A Feb. 2 burglary occurred at the Weatherly Walk Apartments left the resident missing four rifles and a bottle of whiskey, said Fayetteville Police spokesman Steve Crawshaw. Read More»