March 13 update
A tip led to the arrest of one Middle Georgia’s “Most Wanted” fugitives on Tuesday afternoon.
Members of the U.S. Marshal’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force apprehended 21-year-old Dion Khalil Vanzie about 4:30 p.m. after a brief vehicle chase off Hawkinsvile Avenue.
Vanzie was not driving the vehicle. He and three other men inside were taken into police custody.
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Vanzie was charged with two outstanding warrants for armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He also has a probation violation hold.
Vanzie is being held without bond at the Bibb County jai.l
Middle Georgia law enforcement is turning up the heat on dangerous criminals.
A new “Top 15 Most Wanted List” was unveiled Tuesday during a news conference at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Macon.
With sheriffs and law enforcement officers from Middle Georgia present, Macon Regional Crimestoppers announced plans to post a new list every 90 days in addition to its weekly bulletins featuring other offenders.
“In the old sheriff’s parlance, what we’d call this is a posse,” Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said during his turn at the podium. “We’ve got the posse out here to go after these individuals. ... Many of these people have injured other people and created mayhem in our community.”
Law enforcement agencies will continually identify their most violent offenders, dangerous felons and gang members.
Rewards would start at $1,000, but could go higher.
“Coming forward takes courage,” U.S. Attorney Charlie Peeler said. “And those who have the courage to come forward to help law enforcement locate those who are wanted for serious crimes are deserving of rewards.”
Crimestoppers chairman Warren Selby Jr. noted that crime, violence and public safety topped the list of concerns raised by the 5,000 local residents who participated in the recent “On The Table” survey sponsored by the Community Foundation of Central Georgia and Knight Foundation.
“Most of my law enforcement friends here know that there’s a small group of people that can cause a lot of chaos in our community and when you arrest some of those individuals it makes a big difference,” Selby said during the news conference.
Those named Tuesday are not the only 15 individuals causing problems in our community, Selby said, but they are “by far some of the most violent offenders and they do need to be removed from the street.”
After a near record 41 homicides in Bibb County in 2018, Selby and the Crimestoppers board wanted to supplement their efforts to reduce crime. The Top 15 is just one initiative and more are planned, he said.
Local law enforcement from Bibb, Baldwin, Jones, Houston, Peach, Monroe, Crawford and Twiggs counties have identified those they would most like to arrest.
Here is the list of most wanted fugitives in Middle Georgia released Tuesday by Crimestoppers:
▪ Kendrick D. Davis, 30, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office: Failure to appear, violation of parole — kidnapping, false imprisonment, aggravated assault, simple battery, criminal trespassing
▪ Vinvent T. Goodrum, 43, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office: Aggravated assault
▪ Dekeledricks J. Jacobs, 29, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office: Aggravated assault with a firearm
▪ Marcus J. Johnson, 39, Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office: Parole violation — aggravated assault, criminal trespassing, aggravated assault, criminal trespassing, possession of a firearm during a commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
▪ Dion K. Vanzye (apprehended), 21, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office: Multiple counts of armed robbery
▪ Adrian L. Brown, 23, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office: Robbery by force
▪ Cory B. Stubbs, 34, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office: Participating in criminal street gang activities, possession of a prohibited item by inmate; convicted in Jan. 2018 of possession of a firearm during commission of a felony; one of two remaining outstanding fugitives from Operation Blue Print.
▪ Gordon M. Augustine, 26, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office: Aggravated assault, false imprisonment
▪ Marklyin A. Whitehead, 24, Houston County Sheriff’s Office: Armed robbery, violation of parole
▪ Tabius T. Simmons, 24, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office: Four counts of aggravated assault, discharge of a firearm from a motor vehicle
▪ Quantorious D. Adams, 25, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office: Participation in criminal street gang activity, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, trafficking Ecstasy and cocaine, possession of firearm during commission of a felony
▪ Markus A. Allphin, 33, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office: Violation of probation or parole — aggravated assault
▪ Tyreek Bowers-Rivera, 22, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office: Armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle
▪ Hunter R. Adams, 23, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office: Aggravated battery, violation of parole — theft by taking
▪ An unnamed 15th suspect has been apprehended.
Rewards offered, public involvement
In 2000, Macon Regional Crimestoppers began paying cash rewards for tips leading to an arrest in a myriad of crimes.
The effort is a partnership of law enforcement, the community and the media which publicizes wanted individuals each week.
Over the past 18 years, Crimestoppers has paid over $860,000 in rewards while arresting more than 5,500 people and clearing more than 8,400 cases. The program also recovered nearly $800,000 worth of property and more than $250,000 in drugs.
Macon Judicial Circuit District David Cooke said the partnership will fail if the public fails to step up.
“I just ask that every citizen out there who knows someone on this list, or any fugitive, that they will make that call and turn that person in. Not just for the reward money but for the richer reward that affects all of us,” Cooke said.
Tips can be phoned to 877-68-CRIME or sent via the website Crimestop.us and all tipsters can remain anonymous.