An operation by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office to stop and arrest criminals coming to Forsyth County to steal cars and valuables led to the arrest of two metro Atlanta teens on Saturday morning, authorities say.
According to sheriff’s office spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater, due to the quick thinking of a local sheriff’s office sergeant and well positioned deputies in south Forsyth County, the sheriff’s office was able to conduct two simultaneous high-speed pursuits on Saturday morning, leading to two arrests and recovery of multiple stolen vehicles.
Rainwater said that at about 3:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, a sheriff’s office sergeant on patrol in south Forsyth saw two suspicious vehicles, a 2016 Ford Explorer and a 2018 Mercedes GLC following one another down Atlanta Highway near Post Road.
“As soon as a patrol vehicle pulled in behind them, both vehicles fled down Mullinax Road,” Rainwater said.
Rainwater said that because of their proactive action, having units stationed in several of the county’s main “arteries” the sheriff’s office was quickly able to coordinate a pursuit of the vehicles.
“That’s how we were able to have two pursuits going at the same time,” he said.
The Ford Explorer was forced to stop at Ga. 400 and McFarland Parkway, while the Mercedes was stopped shortly after by a spike strip that had been deployed on Ga. 400 near the city of Roswell.
After each vehicle was forced to stop, its lone occupant fled the scene on foot.
Both suspects, Darrell Gray, 17 of DeKalb County and R’kius Roan, 18, of Fulton County, were tracked and located by sheriff’s office K9 Deputy Hummer, and were quickly taken into custody, Rainwater said.
During their investigation on Saturday morning, deputies discovered that the Ford Explorer and Mercedes had been stolen from residences in a south Forsyth neighborhood.
Rainwater said that following the incident, deputies also recovered a stolen handgun that had allegedly been dropped by Gray during the foot chase and another stolen vehicle, a Hyundai Sonata, that they believe the suspects drove to the county and abandoned.
Both Gray and Roan have been charged with multiple counts including, theft by receiving, theft by taking, theft entering auto, fleeing or attempting to elude a felony offense and obstruction of law enforcement. Additionally Gray has been charged for allegedly possessing a stolen firearm.As of Monday morning, both suspects were being held in the Forsyth County Jail under no bond.