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Police Department News - 2019

Posted on: April 5, 2019

ACCPD Ratcheting Up Efforts to Arrest Violent Criminals

Over the last three weeks, ACCPD officers and detectives have made significant arrests in several murder cases.

In the latest incident on March 4, 2019, ACCPD arrested Marcel M. Oliver (51) of Dorchester, Massachusetts, who is wanted for Murder and Home Invasion by the Boston Police Department.

In this incident, ACCPD received information from the U.S. Marshals Service that Oliver was in Athens-Clarke County. After reviewing incident reports, our detectives determined that ACCPD had contact with Oliver in several separate incidents in March. On Thursday, 4-4-19, ACCPD detectives with assistance from the Marshals Service and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force located Oliver on Waddell Extension and safely took him into custody.

This arrest comes on the heels of the apprehension of Marquavius Knox (26) of Athens, who was charged with the murder of Jamelle Brightwell on April 2, 2019. And on March 17, 2019, ACCPD detectives were instrumental in locating Joshua Jackson and Derrick Ruff, who went missing in mid-December of 2018. Locating Ruff and Jackson, along with significant work by ACCPD investigators, led the Gwinnett County Police Department to issue warrants for the arrest of several individuals.

“The outstanding efforts of our detectives and officers provide proof that we are committed to solving violent crimes and arresting violent criminals to keep the AthensClarke County community safe for everyone,” said Jerry Saulters, Captain of ACCPD’s Criminal Investigations Division.

Anyone with information about violent crime in our community should contact our Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 706-705-4775. Citizens who provide information leading to the arrest of violent criminals in our community are eligible for up to $1,000 reward.

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