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Escape attempt fails
Suspect faces new charges
Dvon Darren Armstrong

A man being processed at the Bulloch County Jail tried to escape from an interview room Wednesday night, but jail staff thwarted his attempts.

Dvon Darren Armstrong, 22, of North Nelson Way, was being processed for his arrests for crimes including third-degree arson and charges stemming from a 2014 shooting when he burst out of the interview room and tried to flee through the booking department doors, said Bulloch County sheriff’s Capt. Todd Hutchens.

Hutchens said Armstrong damaged jail property in his attempt to gain freedom, which added new charges: felony escape and interference with government property, also a felony.

After Armstrong reportedly struck a woman and set fire to her belongings Wednesday, Statesboro police learned that he was wanted in a shooting that took place almost three years ago at an apartment complex near Georgia Southern University.

Statesboro police Deputy Chief Rob Bryan said officers responded to a domestic dispute involving family violence around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at a North Nelson Way residence. It was then that Armstrong reportedly hit the woman in the presence of a juvenile child and set her property on fire, he said.

Armstrong fled the scene, but police began searching for him and learned that he had outstanding warrants stemming from a May 25, 2014, aggravated assault shooting at The Cove at Southern Apartments, Bryan said. Armstrong reportedly fired shots at five victims in the incident, striking two.

Statesboro police Detective Dustin Cross located Armstrong around 10:10 p.m. on North Nelson Way and took him into custody without incident, Bryan said.

Armstrong was taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where he is held without bond.

In addition to the attempted escape and damage charges, he is charged with five counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a felony stemming from the 2014 incident, as well as third-degree arson, battery (family violence) and third-degree cruelty to children related to Wednesday night’s domestic dispute.

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


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