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Metter rape suspect captured
James E. Davis

A traffic stop Thursday by Metter police Chief Rob Shore led to a foot chase and apprehension of a rape and kidnapping suspect.

James E. Davis, of East Lillian Street in Metter, is charged with rape, aggravated assault and kidnapping, as well as parole violation, Shore said Friday.

"The warrants stem from the investigation of an alleged rape that occurred in the city limits of Metter, Georgia, in the early morning hours of May 6, 2019" near the victim's home, he said.

Thursday afternoon, 10 days after the alleged sexual attack, Shore was on patrol when he spotted a vehicle "matching information that had been received during the investigation," he said.

When Shore tried to stop the vehicle, the driver, Davis, 31, fled on foot. Shore called for backup.

"Law enforcement officers from the Candler County Sheriff's Office, the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit, Georgia State Patrol, and the US Marshall's Fugitive Task Force quickly assisted in setting a perimeter in the direction that Davis fled and within an hour the K-9 unit was able to chase Davis to law enforcement units set up on the perimeter," he said. 

Davis was taken into custody and is being held without bond in the Candler County Jail, pending further investigation and court hearings, he said.

"The Metter Police Department would like to thank" all agencies involved, he said. "This is another great example of local, state, and federal authorities working together to arrest this fugitive.  They quick response and actions by our law enforcement partners allowed this fugitive to be arrested quickly."

This case remains under investigation. The victim of the May 6 rape was not seriously physically injured, he said.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Investigator McKinley Lewis at (912) 685-5437.

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