Watchful neighbor helps nab burglary suspect

CONYERS -- A watchful neighbor reported suspicious activity at a nearby residence Wednesday morning, which resulted in the arrest of a suspect on burglary and other charges.

According to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, an Independence Drive resident saw an unfamiliar man knocking on a neighbor's door at about 10 a.m. Wednesday. When the resident saw the man disappear around the back of the house and then heard what was thought to be the back door being kicked in, the resident called 911 to report a burglary in progress.

Deputies arrived within a few minutes, according to the RCSO, and saw the suspect as he was driving away. Deputies attempted to catch up to the suspect on Granade Road, according to the RCSO, and then saw him again when he stopped on Hidden Acres Drive and ran toward the Holly Hill subdivision. Deputies set up a perimeter and caught the suspect a short time later on Burning Bush Lane.

Charged in connection with the incident was Tykievien Charles Banks, 19, of a Pinedale Circle, Conyers address. He faces charges of burglary, fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, willful obstruction of law enforcement officers and reckless driving. He is being held at the Rockdale County Jail without bond.

Banks is suspected of taking jewelry, electronics and a guitar in the burglary.

In other police news, a woman told the Conyers Police Department that her husband had hit her in the face, but she wound up going to jail.

Police responded to a house on Oakland Avenue shortly after midnight Wednesday after Joann Johnson, 46, reported that her husband had punched her in the face, according to the CPD incident report.

During questioning police observed that Johnson "smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage" and that she was extremely agitated.

The husband told police that he and Johnson were talking in their bedroom and that Johnson became irate and began to yell at him. The husband said he tried to stop Johnson from leaving the bedroom and waking others in the house when she grabbed his right arm and bit him on the forearm.

Police reported that no marks were seen on Johnson and no offensive marks were seen on the husband's hands. Officers did see a bite mark on the husband's forearm that was bruised and swollen and had teeth impressions.

Johnson was taken to jail on a charge of Family Violence battery.


heresyafacts 3 years, 10 months ago

A round of applause and a heartfelt THANK YOU to the alert neighbor! I hope the perp gets the strongest sentence available. Stories like this absolutely make my day.


ctownslimm 3 years, 10 months ago

I agree. It seems that citizens and neighbors are working well lately catching these burglars along with good responses from police. But, because I have a job, I cant go down to the courthouse and see if the judges are being tough enough. I wish this paper would follow up all of these arrest reports with trial results. I checked the jail log and this suspect has already been released! I wonder what he is doing this weekend? He is back amoung us walking around probably looking for something else to steal.


Sundance 3 years, 10 months ago

Agree 100% with the other posts. Yes to neighbors calling cops everytime something suspicious happens! Yes to police getting there quickly and treating burglaries seriously. All of that is a good drive and solid yardage and good first downs. But, to make it a TD, we need the judges to take it to the end zone! please do it!


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