According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, “The agents and deputies on scene immediately began conducting a neighborhood canvass by speaking to residents in an attempt to locate the driver. Several citizens who live in the complex stated that they witnessed the suspect abandon his vehicle and flee. Based on the information the witnesses provided, the officers were able to locate the driver hiding in the bathroom of 615 Northside Dr. Apartment F-5 and he surrendered without further incident.”On May 12, 2017 at approximately 8:00pm, the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit and Warrant Division were on patrol in the area of 615 Northside Drive when they observed a person they were about to approach abruptly enter a vehicle and leave at a high rate of speed. As the vehicle pulled away, the driver ignored the deputy’s commands to stop, and nearly struck the vehicle the deputies had initially approached in. Agents in a marked unit attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle and as a result the driver began to flee. Due to the high volume of pedestrian traffic, as per policy, the pursuit was terminated. Agents and deputies remained in the area and a short time later they located the vehicle abandoned in the rear of the Spalding Heights Apartment Complex.
When questioned, the suspect initially refused to reveal his name to deputies, but eventually identified himself as Jawaski Cross of Conley, Georgia. After a brief investigation it was learned that Cross is wanted in Dublin, Georgia for murder and aggravated assault and had been on the run from authorities there since July of 2016. Cross is currently being held at the Spalding County Jail awaiting his return to Dublin.
Sheriff Darrell Dix continued, “The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office would like the thank all of the citizens who assisted them in locating the suspect. Without the help of the residents of Spalding Heights who stepped up to assist in locating Jawaski Cross, a suspected murderer would still be on the run in our community. It’s that type of cooperation, trust, and working side by side that will help us curtail crime across the county. Thank you to those who helped get this guy off the streets.”