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SPD arrests 2 men with cocaine at Walmart
Incident leads to false social media uproar
Marcus Jermaine Austin

Responding to a report of illegal drug activity at the Walmart Supercenter Monday night, Statesboro police arrested two men on cocaine charges.

Officers reportedly arrived at the big store on Northside Drive East around 8:10 p.m. One suspect, Marcus Jermaine Austin, tried to run away “but was quickly stopped and taken into custody by officers of the Statesboro Police Department,” SPD Community Information Specialist Madison Bridges Warren reported in a news release.

Austin, 38, of Creekside Way in Metter was booked at the Bulloch County Jail on charges of sale of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and misdemeanor obstruction of officers.

Police arrested a second suspect, Bobby Wayne Daw, 42, of Joe Robert Tillman Road in Statesboro, on one count of possession of cocaine.

This case apparently gave rise to a citizen’s false claim on social media Monday night that an incident involving a gun had occurred at Walmart. One version of the false report even referred to an “active shooter,” but the suspects in this incident were unarmed.

The Police Department posted this message on its own social media pages around midnight:

“In reference to the rumors regarding an armed gunman at Walmart that have been going around social media, the Statesboro Police Department would like to assure everyone that these claims are FALSE. 
Officers of the Statesboro Police Department did arrest a suspect on drug related charges at that location this evening, but this suspect was not armed.
Again, we would like to clarify to that the postings on social media regarding the threat of an armed gunman at Walmart are FALSE. There is no danger to the public regarding this incident.”


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