A “violent fugitive” from Atlanta hiding in an attic at an Eagle Heights apartment was arrested on Christmas Day by Bulloch County law enforcement.
Anthony Bates, 24, was wanted on active arrest warrants for involvement in an armed robbery and aggravated assault in Fulton County, said Bulloch Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jared Akins.
Law enforcement agents have been looking for Bates since early December, when the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team received notice that “a violent fugitive from Atlanta was hiding out in the area of Lanier Drive,” he said.
“CST investigator Louis Parker worked the case, running down possible locations where Bates may have been hiding. On Christmas Day, Parker received information that Bates might be located at a residence in Park Place Apartments.”
Parker, accompanied by Statesboro Police Sgt. Jake Saxon and Officer Matt Custer, trued to locate Bates at Park Place but learned he left before they got there. “A short time later, SPD Advanced Patrol Officer Travis Smallegan observed a suspect matching Bates's description on an apartment balcony at Eagle Heights Apartments, also on Lanier Drive,” Akins said. All officers involved responded to that location.
Parker and the Statesboro police officers spoke with several women and children at the Eagle Heights apartment and “found Bates' hiding place in the attic. Sgt. Saxon was able to convince one of the residents to talk to Bates,” and Custer was able to take Bates into custody without violence, he said.
Bates was transported to the Bulloch County Jail and later extradited back to Fulton County.
“This case illustrates CST's ability to work with multiple agencies to protect the public and also shows its dedication to arresting potentially violent offenders living near student housing,” Akins said.