Man ar­rested in BB gun road rage in­ci­dent

The Covington News - - CRIME - MERIS LUTZ mlutz@cov­

A man was ar­rested for driv­ing with a sus­pended li­cense and mak­ing ter­ror­is­tic threats af­ter he pulled a BB gun on another driver dur­ing a road rage in­ci­dent on Brown Bridge Road.

Last Satur­day, July 11, 22-year-old Jerry David Ervin Jr. stopped while driv­ing and con­fronted the man be­hind him, Camillo Dasilva, for driv­ing too close, ac­cord­ing to the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice. Ervin then threat­ened Dasilva ver­bally, went to his ve­hi­cle, and re­turned with a firearm, which was later dis­cov­ered to be a BB gun.

Dasilva fol­lowed Ervin to a res­i­dence on Field­stone Lane in Cov­ing­ton and called the Sher­iff’s Of­fice. When deputies ar­rived, they found that Ervin’s li­cense was sus­pended. He was ar­rested.

In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent on Fri­day, July 10, 42-year-old Eric Eli­jah Thomas was stabbed at a res­i­dence on Baker Road in Ox­ford af­ter an ap­par­ent ar­gu­ment over a debt.

Thomas was treated on the scene by para- medics for a su­per­fi­cial in­jury on his back, but re­fused to co­op­er­ate with deputies by re­veal­ing his at­tacker. He also re­fused to press charges or seek fur­ther med­i­cal treat­ment. GBI asks public's help in stolen check case

The Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tions is ask­ing for the public's help iden­ti­fy­ing sus­pects who have been cash­ing stolen checks around the metro At­lanta area.

The GBI is as­sist­ing the Har­nett County Sher­iff's Of­fice in Lilling­ton, North Carolina con­cern­ing stolen checks that were de­posited or cashed at sev­eral Bank of Amer­ica lo­ca­tions in Ful­ton and Clay­ton coun­ties.

The checks ap­pear to be stolen from a per­son in North Carolina who had or­dered new checks but never re­ceived them. The to­tal amount stolen when the checks were de­posited/cashed in March of 2014 is nearly $15,000. It ap­pears the stolen checks were cashed us­ing stolen ac­count in­for­ma­tion of other in­di­vid­u­als liv­ing the At­lanta area.

The GBI is re­quest­ing as­sis­tance from the public in iden­ti­fy­ing the in­di­vid­u­als in the at­tached pho­to­graphs. The pho­to­graphs were col­lected from banks in the Metro At­lanta area. If any­one can iden­tify the in­di­vid­u­als, please con­tact the GBI At­lanta Of­fice at 770388-5019.

Movie viewer sex­u­ally as­saulted

A Wal­ton County teen is be­hind bars for al­legedly sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a movie-goer in Cony­ers.

Wal­ton County res­i­dent Saleh Mercer, 19, was ar­rested Thurs­day for the in­ci­dent that oc­curred around 4 p.m. on July 2 when the 17-year-old vic­tim and her mother went to Carmike Cine­mas, 1536 Dog­wood Drive, Cony­ers, to see the newly re­leased Magic Mike XXL.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port, the girl ex­ited the movie theater while pre­views were show­ing to go to the re­stroom. As she ex­ited the theater, she no­ticed a "tall, slen­der" man, Mercer, stand­ing near the door to the theater.

When she re­turned from the re­stroom, the man was still stand­ing near the theater door.

"As (the vic­tim) passed, the male stepped in be­hind he, placed his left hand over her mouth, then placed his right hand in her pants, stick­ing one of his fin­gers in­side of vagina," the Cony­ers Po­lice (CPD) of­fi­cer wrote in the re­port. "(The vic­tim said that she tried to scream and break free, and the sus­pect told her to, ‘shut up,' and ‘calm down.'"

The man then re­leased, ac­cord­ing to the re­port, and the vic­tim walked back to her sit with­out look­ing back be­cause she was "so scared."

She im­me­di­ately told her mother about what just took place and she called the po­lice.

Of­fi­cers were able to spot the teen's at­tacker just mo­ments be­fore the in­ci­dent oc­curred via sur­veil­lance video. They saw the man de­scribed by the vic­tim en­ter the theater, and "a minute or two later," he ex­its the theater and then leaves Carmike Cine­mas.

With this ev­i­dence, CPD was able to ob­tain an ar­rest war­rant for the man iden­ti­fied as Mercer. He is cur­rently in the Rock­dale County Jail and be­ing charged with ag­gra­vated sex­ual as­sault.

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