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Drug investigation leads police to armed robbery arrest
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Johnathan Tabyris Newkirk, left, and Javon Tyrell Williams

Law enforcement officers conducting a drug investigation at Blakewoods Apartments Thursday arrested a man wanted by both county and city authorities on outstanding warrants.

Members of the Statesboro-Bulloch County Crime Suppression Team were involved in the narcotics investigation at the East Olliff Street apartment complex Thursday when they spotted Johnathan Tabyris Newkirk, 29, Shuman Road, and tried to arrest him on outstanding warrants from the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office and Statesboro Police, said Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson.

Newkirk fled on foot but was subdued by Taser, Anderson said.

Newkirk was wanted for involvement in an armed robbery Nov. 24 at The Lodge Apartments, said Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner. Newkirk and Javon Tyrell Williams, 28, Johnson Street, reportedly entered a victim's apartment and robbed him at gunpoint around 5:30 a.m. that day, he said.

Williams was arrested Dec. 16 and charged with armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Newkirk was arrested on charges of armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, Turner said.

Anderson said Newkirk also faces county charges of sale of marijuana, sale of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance near a housing project, obstruction and failure to register as a convicted sex offender.

According to the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office website (www.bullochsheriff.com), Newkirk was convicted of statutory rape in September 2004.

Williams and Newkirk both were taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where they await bond and further court hearings.

Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

 

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