The Valdosta Daily Times
Valdosta police have issued warrants for the arrest of two men in connection with a pair of gunfire incidents at the same location in less than 24 hours on Forrestwood Drive, and Chief Brian Childress has issued an ultimatum to those causing problems in that area.
Warrants have been issued for Demarguez Bartee, 18, and Jacquez Gilbert, 18, both of Valdosta. Bartee is charged with aggravated assault, and Gilbert is charged with being a party to the crime of aggravated assault in two separate shooting incidents at the same residence in the 2500 block of Forrestwood Dr. Detectives have identified another man involved but have not yet obtained a warrant for his arrest, reports stated.
“We know who the shooter is, and he knows we are looking for him,” said Childress.
At 9:40 p.m. Thursday, Valdosta police responded to the 2500 block of Forrestwood Drive in reference to the report of someone hearing gunshots in the area. Officers then located a house that had been struck twice by gunfire, but no one was injured, reports stated.
“We had detectives working that case all day, and we identified a person of interest,” said Childress. “Then Friday afternoon we had a shooting at the same house.”
At 5:28 p.m. Friday, police received a second report of shots fired at the same address, and three suspects were taken into custody, according Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress.
Detectives arrested Charles Little, 17, Justin Foster, 18, and a 16-year-old juvenile for obstruction; these charges stem from reportedly false information given to investigators about what had occurred and for attempting to persuade witnesses not to talk to officers who were on scene, according to reports.
Childress said detectives with the police department and the Gang Task Force have been observing the area for some time and are investigating the possibility that the incidents are gang related.
“That nonsense is going to stop. If we continue to have incidents over there, I’m going to direct my folks to file charges on anyone who is causing a problem for any reason,” said Childress.
Valdosta police are asking anyone with information about the incidents or the whereabouts of Demarquez Bartee or Jacquez Gilbert to call 911.