Monday, May 20, 2013
One woman who was pulled over on the suspicion of driving under the influence seemed more concerned about finding her phone that getting arrested.
A Gwinnett woman who was pulled over for drunk driving seemed more concerned about finding her phone than being arrested. According to the Gwinnett County Police report, the 28-year-old woman driving a 1995 Chevy Tahoe was pulled over at the intersection of Live Oak Parkway and Thompson Parkway in the Norcross area after police observed her failing to maintain her lane. When the officer asked her why she was driving in two lanes, she said that she had dropped her phone. She continued to look for her phone and was hesitant to look at the officer as they continued to talk. While checking her driving information in the patrol car (her license ended up being suspended, by the way), the officer noticed that the woman had exited her car in the …
Monday, May 13, 2013
The incident took place at 1:15 a.m. Sunday in unincorporated Snellville.
Police believe a man stabbed his girlfriend, then shot himself in the head after an apparent argument early Sunday morning in unincorporated Snellville. The woman, who was stabbed in the back, survived the attack, but the man died, according to a media alert emailed by Gwinnett Police Cpl. Michele Pihera. “The death of the male is being investigated as a suicide. The female is not a suspect in his death,” Pihera reported. The incident occurred after midnight Sunday morning, May 12, in the 3800 block of White Pine Road, near the intersection of Centerville Rosebud Road and Lenna Drive. According to the media alert, police arrived on scene at 1:15 a.m. after a man called to say he had stabbed his girlfriend and help was needed. When they …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Joseph Tyler Sivonda, a suspected serial rapist, was taken into custody Thursday after a week-long search.
After a week-long search, Gwinnett County Police have apprehended a suspected serial rapist from the Norcross area. Joseph Tyler Sivonda, 23, was taken into custody Thursday morning (May 9), according to a news release from police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith. "A team of Gwinnett County Police Department detectives, U.S. Marshals, and deputies from the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit located Sivonda at an apartment in Duluth," continued Smith. He was staying with Tiffany Martin, 30, who also was arrested and charged with hindering the apprehension of a felon. Sivonda is currently in custody at the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond. Sivonda was wanted on two counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated sodomy, …
Gwinnett Police executed a search warrant for commercial gambling at the Sweetwater Bar and Grill on Old Norcross Road in Duluth.
A Suwanee man was among three people arrested earlier this month in a gambling raid on a Gwinnett business, according to police. On May 3, Gwinnett Police executed a search warrant for commercial gambling at the Sweetwater Bar and Grill on Old Norcross Road in Duluth, according to police records. Fred Benjamin Ferguson of a McGinnis Ferry Road address in Suwanee, a manager, was arrested on charges of commercial gambling, keeping a gambling place, and possession of gambling devices, police said. Also arrested were Katherine Stephens of Marietta, a bartender, on a commercial gambling charge; and bar owner Elie W. Germanos of Dacula, on charges of commercial gambling, keeping a gambling place, and possession of gambling devices. Undercover …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Gwinnett Police attempted to arrest Joseph Sivonda, 23, Thursday at his Norcross apartment behind Beaver Ridge Elementary.
After an arrest attempt was made Thursday (May 2), a suspected serial rapist from the Norcross area is still at large. Police say 23-year-old Joseph Tyler Sivonda was not at his home that morning when the Gwinnett County SWAT team went to Bradford Gwinnett Apartments, located at 100 Castor Dr. behind Beaver Ridge Elementary. He is wanted on two counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated sodomy, and two counts of rape, according to Gwinnett County Police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith. In addition to being 5’07” and 130 pounds, Sivonda has two visible tattoos, which can be see in the photos attached to this article. A tattoo of the word “India” can be seen at the base of Sivonda’s neck, and another tattoo is on his forearm that reads “…
Thursday, May 2, 2013
The Gwinnett SWAT team attempted to serve an arrest warrant behind the Norcross-area school Thursday morning for Joseph Tyler Sivonda, who is wanted on multiple counts of armed robbery, aggravated sodomy and rape.
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Thursday, May 2
Update, 4:20 p.m.: Sivonda is still at large, according to Gwinnett Police. ------ Updated, 5:20 p.m. Gwinnett County Police are looking for a man wanted on multiple counts of armed robbery, sodomy and rape near Beaver Ridge Elementary in the Norcross area. A SWAT team attempted to serve an arrest warrant just behind the school in Bradford Gwinnett Apartments at 100 Castor Dr. on Thursday morning (May 2) for Joseph Tyler Sivonda, 23. Although he lives in the apartment complex, the wanted suspect was not present and is still at large, according to Gwinnett Police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith. Sivonda is wanted by Gwinnett Police for two counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated sodomy, and two counts of rape. Additional charges are …
Monday, April 22, 2013
The suspect was shot by police after entering a home in Woodland Ridge Apartments.
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Monday, April 22
Update, Monday 5:35 p.m.: This story has been updated to include more details on the officer-involved shooting and the suspect's identity. Click here for the full story. ---- Update, Monday 10:50 a.m.: Cpl. Edwin Ritter of Gwinnett County Police said authorities received a call about the home invasion around 7:30 a.m. and arrived on scene at 7:35 a.m. The two kids in the apartment are pre-teens. Crime scene unit investigators and homicide investigators have gathered evidence at the home, which is in building three at the front of the apartment complex. Members of the district attorney's office also were at the scene. There are multiple witnesses, added Ritter. It's not clear if the suspect took anything. There's no information on the …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Inside the Police Reports: The information slipped out when the man was answering questions about a domestic disturbance in the Norcross area.
A Norcross man and woman were arrested on drug charges after he admitted he sold marijuana when police questioned him about another incident. According to the Gwinnett County Police report, officers responded to an aggravated domestic disturbance late last month at a home on the 1300 block of Gale Drive in unincorporated Norcross. Thanh Tuan Lee Vu, 20, told police he had sold marijuana to the victim in the incident on at least two occasions, with one of those times being earlier that day. The information prompted police to request a search warrant. After getting the go-ahead, officers searched the home and found marijuana in various places in a storage room that was used to house a small puppy owned by Vu and his girlfriend, Tu Phuong …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
A customer at a Frontera in the Norcross area left in a rush after paying only $20 of his $63 tab.
A server at a local Frontera told police that a customer dined and drank at the restaurant one evening and left after paying only a portion of the bill. According to the Gwinnett County Police report, the customer came into the 1295 Indian Trail Rd. establishment around 5 p.m. on a recent Thursday. Over the course of an hour and 45 minutes, he ordered four glasses of Patron at $14.99 each, totaling his bill to $63.56. The server, 23, told police that while he was at the other side of the restaurant, he saw the customer get up from his table, walk outside to the patio and jump the fence. The employee ran out and caught him while he was about to drive off in his truck. Opening the car door, the server simply told him he forgot to pay his …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Syed Hasan Abidi is believed to have used websites to lure young women for the purposes of prostitution and rape in Norcross and Gwinnett.
The Norcross Police Department, the FBI and Gwinnett County Police are seeking information on a man who was arrested and charged with sex crimes earlier this month. Syed Hasan Abidi, 31, of Atlanta, was arrested by Norcross Police on March 4 on charges of rape and aggravated sodomy. Later in the month, an investigation by the Gwinnett County Police Department Vice Unit determined that Abidi had been advertising opportunities for teenage girls to make money on various websites including craigslist.com and backpage.com, according to a news release Gwinnett spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith. "The investigation revealed that Abidi was attempting to lure young women into situations that amounted to prostitution and rape," according to Smith. GCPD Vice …