Cherokee SWAT team arrests 12
May 01, 2013 11:27 PM | 4070 views | 2 2 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From staff reports

The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office SWAT team took to the streets Tuesday afternoon looking for a number of suspects with outstanding arrest warrants.

Between noon and 10 p.m., 20 searches of Cherokee County homes resulted in the arrest of 12 suspects wanted for a variety of reasons, said Lt. Jay Baker, Cherokee Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

“We took this opportunity to serve outstanding warrants that were either felony warrants or serious misdemeanors warrants that had not been previously served,” Baker said. “It was a way to reduce the number of outstanding warrants utilizing the concentrated efforts of the SWAT team.”

Baker said in a release that among those arrested were: Don Davis, 34, of Woodstock, arrested on a bench warrant, who was released on a $1,420 bond; and Ester Razo, 18, of Acworth, arrested on charges she failed to appear, who remains in custody with no bond.

Others taken into custody were Jordan Cross, 22, of Woodstock, arrested on violation of probation, who remains in custody with no bond; Sarah Lanning, 48, of Woodstock, arrested on a hit and run charge and released on an $830 bond; Matthew Stegenga, 22, of Woodstock, arrested on violation of probation, who remains in custody with no bond.

Others, according to Baker, are Travis Taylor, 23, of Acworth, arrested on violation of probation, who remains in custody with no bond; Kaitlyn Rhodes, 19 years old of Canton, arrested on violation of probation, who remains in custody with no bond and Ricky Phillips, 32, of Waleska, arrested on possession of methamphetamine, two counts of obstruction of an officer, possession of marijuana less than one ounce and possession of a drug related object. He remains in custody on a $14,195.00 bond.

Also arrested, Baker said, was Sarah Ashe, 20, of Woodstock, who was arrested on a DUI charge, weaving over roadway, no seat belt and consumption of alcohol by a person under 21. She was released on a $3,580.00 bond.

Byron Rainwater, 37, of Acworth, was arrested on charges he failed to appear and remains in custody with no bond and Uriah Waits, 30, of Canton, was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce and released on a $955 bond, Baker said.

A juvenile was also arrested on a charge he violated probation and taken to the Paulding Youth Detention Center as part of the operation, Baker said.

The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office SWAT team is a multi-agency team with members from the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, Cherokee Fire and Emergency Services, Holly Springs Police Department and the Woodstock Police Department.

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VinnyB
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May 22, 2013
What a waste of tax payer money! If this isn't an example of excessive force by police I don't know what is. There is only one person out of the 12 that could of possibly needed to be apprehended by the SWAT team the meth guy, the rest should have been taken in by a regular uniformed deputies. It seems like nowadays you get a parking ticket and forget to pay it and the result will be tear gas being fired into your house and you dragged out like an animal by a bunch of want to be soldiers...
JJ-23
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May 25, 2013
Vinny , you have really been watching to many movies!
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