Thursday, April 11, 2013
The recent hostage-taking of Gwinnett firefighters ended with Lauren Holman Brown being shot dead by Gwinnett police.
The incident Wednesday in which a Suwanee man held five Gwinnett County firefighters hostage before being shot dead likely was planned, officials said Thursday. Lauren Holman Brown told his captives during the incident that he chose firefighters as hostages "because he knew (police) would come armed," Gwinnett Police chief Charles Walters said Thursday at a news conference at police headquarters in Lawrenceville. "That's an indication that he planned this." The incident began about 3:40 p.m. when Gwinnett Fire and Emergency officials received a call from 2440 Walnut Grove Way in unincorporated Suwanee. It ended shortly after 7:30 p.m. when police made the decision to enter the house because they felt Brown would not release the hostages …
Captor is dead, Gwinnett firefighters and a police officer are OK after the incident ends in gunfire off Taylor Road.
The emergency call to Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services began Wednesday in Suwanee as a "typical call," according to spokesperson Tommy Rutledge. It ended about 7:30 p.m., some four hours later, with the caller dead after exchanging gunfire with a Gwinnett Police SWAT team. Five firefighters who were held captive were treated for superficial wounds at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville. A Gwinnett Police officer who was wounded in the hand also was in "good" condition, a GMC spokesperson said late Wednesday. "It's a first for me," Rutledge said. "It's something we'll be talking about." The hostage-taker, who initially told responders he had chest pains, was pronounced dead by police after the SWAT team made the decision to enter …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Police responded to 21 crimes in that occurred in Peachtree Corners within a 16-day period including three home break-ins.
The following is a listing of reported Gwinnett Police activity Feb. 17 - Mar. 6, 2013 for the city of Peachtree Corners. (Note: This listing is based on reports from www.crimereports.com. for ZIP code 30092 only.) March 19: Car break-in was reported on the 4300 block of Fitzpatrick Way at 10 p.m. March 20: A theft was reported on the 3100 block of Medlock Bridge Road at 12:01 a.m. March 24: Identity fraud was reported on the 3200 block of Greenwood Oak Drive at 7:25 a.m. March 26: A home burglary was reported on the 5000 block of Old Ivy Road at 9 a.m. March 27: A home burglary was reported on the 3900 block of Spalding Lolw at 7:30 a.m. March 27: Vandalism was reported on the 6200 block of Windsor Trace at 6 p.m. March 28: Identity fraud…
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Gerson Ambrocio Hernan, 22, of Stockbridge, died early Saturday after driving in the wrong direction on I-85 South and Highway 316 West in Lawrenceville, according to media reports.
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Thursday, April 4
Gwinnett County Police have identified the wrong-way driver who crashed into a railing and died early Saturday after traveling in the wrong direction on I-85 South and Highway 316 West in Lawrenceville, according to media reports. The driver of the 1997 Honda Civic was Gerson Ambrocio Hernan, 22, of Stockbridge, as reported by the Gwinnett Daily Post. Speed and reckless driving appear to be factors in the crash, according to the article, and a pending blood test will determine if alcohol played a part in the collision. According to a news release from Sgt. Rich Long of Gwinnett Police, reports started coming in around 2 a.m. March 30 about the wrong-way driver on the DeKalb County side of I-85 South. Numerous units attempted to intercept…
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Weird Police News: More of the strange stuff police officers around North Georgia were up against recently
Click on the links below for the rest of each story. > Blabbing on Facebook: An Alpharetta man, accused of stealing more than $3,000 from a Walmart cash register, bragged about the suspected thefts via Facebook. He posted a photo of him with the money and the words, “I love my job.” He is charged with stealing the money out of the till over a five-day period. A Walmart associate, who is a Facebook "friend" with the suspect, alerted authorities of the post. > “Christine” was a scammer: A Lawrenceville man answered an online credit card advertisement and was duped out of $2,000 by a woman who called herself “Christine.” The man called the number listed in a “Master Plan Card” ad he found in a Google search. “Christine” answered the call and …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
The vehicle struck two guard rails and broke into two pieces, according to Gwinnett County Police.
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Sunday, March 31
Police are investigating a fatal car crash involving a wrong-way driver on Highway 316 in Gwinnett County. According to Sgt. Rich Long, at 2:00 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, March 30, a vehicle driving north bound in the south bound lanes of I-85 out of Dekalb County was called in to the Gwinnett 911 Center. Police attempted to intercept the vehicle but due to its speed and reckless driving, they were unsuccessful. The vehicle finally made its way onto GA 316 west bound. It was driving east bound against traffic. The vehicle eventually struck two guard rails and broke into several pieces. The driver, a male, died at the scene. "This investigation is still continuing," said Long. "The identity of the driver has not been released."
He took an employee hostage, held a knife to her throat, threatened to kill her, and tried to rob the Fresh 2 def store in Mall Corners.
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Sunday, March 31
Gwinnett Police are looking for a suspect who took an employee hostage, held a knife to her throat, threatened to kill her, and tried to rob the Fresh 2 def store in Mall Corners on Pleasant Hill Road in unincorporated Duluth. The suspect was described by the store owner and the employee as a Hispanic male (5’7,” 120 lbs.) between the ages of 15-20 wearing a hoodie, black pants, a white T-shirt with the word “Obey” defined in red, and black tennis shoes with white bottoms. He also was carrying a black backpack. He has brown eyes and black hair faded on the sides leaving about two inches on top with gel. They told police that the knife was long with a serrated edge and brass knuckles for a handle. The robbery occurred between 6:07 and 6:…
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Tuesday afternoon one man died, another remains in critical condition after an accident in Peachtree Corners involving two vehicles and a north-bound train.
The man who died in Tuesday's train-car collision in Gwinnett County has been identified. Lawrenceville resident Tony Lungaro, 51, died after being struck by a train around 4:55 p.m. March 12 near Buford Highway in Peachtree Corners, according to Gwinnett Police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith. Lungaro was the passenger in a white 2003 Ford 150 that was being driven by Lorenzo Wilkerson, 40, of Riverdale. They were traveling south on Buford Highway as a bronze 2003 Chevrolet Astrovan, driven by 25-year-old Lawrenceville resident Severin Gluschak, was traveling north on the same road. Police say Gluschak attempted to turn left onto Amwiler Road in Peachtree Corners, but the car failed to yield and turned in front of the Ford, causing a collision…
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
A man driving in the Norcross area pulled over for only a moment to get something out of his trunk, but apparently it was enough time for someone to steal his $32,000 Mustang.
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Tuesday, March 12
A man's car was reportedly carjacked in the Norcross area after he pulled over to get something from the back of his car. According to the Gwinnett County Police report, a 46-year-old man from Lithonia was traveling east on Graves Road past Osborne Drive in unincorporated Norcross around 7:30 p.m. one recent evening. With his car still running, the man pulled over to get some CDs out of his trunk. As he was rummaging through the trunk, someone suddenly jumped into the driver's seat and sped off toward South Norcross Tucker Road. The incident happened so fast that the trunk was still open as the car zoomed away, and he could only see a "quick shadow" of the suspect. The victim told police that his car is a black 2008 Ford Mustang with a …
Police responded to 12 crimes in that occurred in the community within a 17-day period.
The following is a listing of reported Gwinnett Police activity Feb. 17 - Mar. 6, 2013 for the city of Peachtree Corners. (Note: This listing is based on reports from www.crimereports.com. for ZIP code 30092 only.) Feb. 17: Identity fraud was reported on the 6400 block of W. Deer Hollow Way at 12:01 a.m. Feb. 23: A burglary at a business (non-forced) was reported on the 5500 block of Triangle Parkway at 5:30 a.m. Feb. 24: An auto break-in was reported on the 800 block of Noble Forest Drive at 1 p.m. Feb. 27: A theft was reported on the 5300 block of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard at 9:50 a.m. Mar. 1: Another theft was reported on the 5100 block of S. Old Peachtree Road at 3:50 p.m. Mar. 1: Another auto break-in was reported on the 3300 …