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Tip helps catch Statesboro shooting suspect
Dante Williams wanted in Luetta Moore attack
Dante Ravon Williams
    The capture Thursday of a Statesboro shooting suspect began with a tip in Portal.
    Two Statesboro Police Department Crime Suppression Unit investigators seeking a suspect in another case in Portal Thursday were the shooting fugitive was in the area, said Statesboro Police Chief Stan York.
    Someone told CSU officers Nathan Bolton and Brian Jackson that Dante Ravon Williams, 17, was in the Portal area with Deandrez Ishon Raymond, 18, and a juvenile female, in a stolen white Lincoln Towncar, he said.
    Williams has been on the run since March 10, when police say he was involved in a gang-related shooting incident at Luetta Moore Park. The shooting left a 15-year-old in critical condition and two others with superficial wounds.
    Four others, including two juveniles, were arrested in connection with the shootings.
    After a lookout was posted, Statesboro police officers and Bulloch County Sheriff's deputies began searching the area. The car, reported stolen by a Portal resident Wednesday, was found abandoned inside the Statesboro city limits, he said.
    While searching areas on the west side of town, Bulloch County Sheriff's Inv. Jason Long located Raymond, who fled into the Williams James Educational Complex on Williams Road, York said. Long  took Raymond, who was unarmed, into custody without incident. Raymond was later charged with disrupting a public school, obstruction of an officer, and theft by taking motor vehicle, according to Bulloch County Jail reports.
    The juvenile female, who remains at large, ran into the Williams Road/Miller Street Extension area behind Harveys grocery store, he said. Charges against her are pending by the Statesboro Police Department and Department of Juvenile Justice, he said.
    While officers were pursuing Raymond and the juvenile, Williams walked down the street and into a home on Baldwin Street, where Bulloch County Sheriff's Chief Investigator Capt. Todd Hutchens, Jackson and Statesboro Police Det. Sgt. Rob Bryan took him into custody without incident, York said.
    Williams gave police a fictitious name, but was later positively identified by Department of Juvenile Justice officers, he said.
    Williams told police he had been in the Portal area for about a week, York said. Police have been searching for him in the Savannah area as well as Bulloch County.
    Police have been on Williams' trail since the March 10 shooting that left Gregory Lee Wallace, 15, in critical condition. Wallace has undergone several operations, including a leg amputation and tracheotomy.
    York said a reward, offered shortly after the shooting, was paid to an informant who provided police with information that led to William's capture.
    He also praised other law enforcement agencies who helped apprehend Williams.
    "Thanks to the Bulloch County Sheriff's Department, Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force ( U.S. Marshal's Service), Savannah-Chatham Metro Police, Savannah/Chatham County Narcotic Team, and Savannah/Chatham Metro TRAP Unit," he said.
    He also thanked area citizens for  their assistance. "Numerous tips came in from citizens," he said.
    The 1999 Lincoln Towncar abandoned by the suspects was listed as stolen Wednesday from an Old Dill Road, Portal, residence, according to Bulloch County Sheriff's reports.  Bulloch County Sheriff's Inv. Walter Deal is handling the auto theft investigation.
    Raymond and Williams were both  taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where they are being held without bond, according to jail records.
    Williams faces several charges including aggravated battery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and participation in criminal gang activity.

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