Pike County Sheriff Jimmy Thomas has advised WKEU NEWS that his investigators have continued to gather information and evidence in regards to the death of a juvenile earlier this month at 14777 Highway 19.

The facts of the case have shown that three juveniles entered a commercial property without permission from the property owner. While inside the facility, the juveniles attached a chain hoist to the bumper of a truck, in order to lift the front of the truck off of the ground. The chain was hooked to the bumper of the truck, and it was during this time that the metal bumper gave way to the weight that was placed on it. The truck then fell striking the juvenile. The Medical Examiner’s Office at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation advised investigators that the manner of the juvenile’s death was consistent with the aforementioned sequence of events and evidence  obtained.

Investigators have been in contact with the District Attorney’s Office as to the progress of the investigation and the findings as they are developed.  On Wednesday, April 15, the criminal charges were upgraded by investigators with the Department of Juvenile Justice to involuntary manslaughter for the 12 and 14 year old juveniles.

This case remains open and under investigation any further developments will be relayed when appropriate.

 

 

 

Erik Eduardo Cabrealopez

 

On Tuesday April 13, 2021 at approximately 12:30 pm, the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office along with Spalding County Fire responded to a fire call on Jackson Road near the Spalding County Butts County line. When units arrived, they found a Chevrolet Z71 pickup truck parked just inside a wood line fully engulfed in flames. As the fire was being extinguished Fire Fighters located 2 bodies in the bed of the truck. Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Investigators, Crime Scene Investigators, Spalding County Coroner Michael Pryor, along with Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Marie Broder responded to the scene.

Sheriff Darrell Dix, “We immediately began contacting other local agencies to see if they had reports of any missing persons or stolen vehicles matching the description of the truck. Due to the extreme heat generated by the fire we had to wait more than 2 hours before we could begin processing the scene. Once the scene was safe our Crime Scene Investigators went to work processing the truck for evidence while our Criminal Investigators began working on identifying the victims and tracking down the owner of the truck. The fire was so intense that it completely destroyed the VIN plates, and the truck had no tag. Spalding County Coroner Michael Pryor contacted the GBI Crime Lab and both bodies were transported for autopsy and possible identification.”

While speaking to other agencies, Henry County Investigators told us that 2 persons had been reported missing on April 11, 2021 by their families. According to Investigators the males had gone to meet a Hispanic male to discuss a joint business venture and had not been seen or heard from since. The information provided to us included race, sex, height, weight, and distinguishing marks such as tattoos. Based on this information we were able to identify the victims as Joshua Wyatt B/M ,29 years of age and Carlos Benford B/M 36 years of age.

The leads and information continued to come which eventually led us to a residence at 375 Dutchman Road in Griffin.

On April 14, 2021 the Spalding County SWAT and the Spalding County CAGE Unit executed a search warrant at the residence. After the scene was secured, our Crime Scene Investigators began processing and gathering evidence.

The residence had been vacated by the occupants. The furniture and other items from the house had been burned in a large pile in the back yard, and the interior of the house had been sprayed with bleach in an effort to destroy evidence.

“Their attempts to cover up their crime failed. Our Crime Scene Investigators located the actual spot in the house where the murders took place, and they were able to recover evidence. Also located in the search were items that directly linked the victims to the house.”

This morning, Spalding County Investigators obtained arrest warrants for Erik Eduardo Cabrealopez charging him with 2 counts of murder, 2 counts of felony murder, 2 counts of malice murder, 2 counts of aggravated assault, 2 counts of kidnapping, 2 counts of concealing a death, and 2 counts of tampering with evidence.

This afternoon at approximately 12:30pm, Erik Eduardo Cabrealopez was taken into custody in Fulton County by the GBI Gang Task Force, Georgia State Patrol, GBI West Metro Narcotics Unit, and Spalding County Investigators after a short vehicle pursuit that was ended with a PIT maneuver by GSP.

 

SPALDING FIRE DEPARTMENT

 

SPALDING SHERIFF DARREL DIX 

 

SPALDING CORONER MIKE PRYOR

 

MARIE BRODER SPALDING DISTRICT ATTORNEY.

On Tuesday about 12:30 Spalding County 911 dispatched the Spalding Fire Department to a wooded area off Jackson Road to a vehicle fire in located between Wallace Road and Bailey Jester Road .  In the process of extinguishing the fire they found two bodies in the bed of the truck and immediately called in the Spalding County Sheriff’s Department. Also responding to the area was Spalding Coroner Mike Pryor, and District Attorney Marie Border.

Old Jackson Road was closed until about 6:30 pm,  before the scene and investigation was cleared and preliminary investigation was completed.

Spalding Sheriff Dix talked with Bill Taylor and said the bodies were being transported to the GBI State Crime Lab for a determination as to the exact cause of death.

Spalding Coroner Mike Pryor said the notification of next of kin is being conducted, more information from the Coroners office will be released following notification of the family.

The Spalding Sheriffs Department has the lead in the investigation, and more information is expected to be released later said Sheriff Dix.

 

 

 

 

 

COVID19 Cases in the past 24 hours as of Saturday report at 3 pm.  New state totals are,  868, 163 cases, deaths 17, 214, there are 60, 403 Georgians Hospitalized.

Spalding 3, 971 cases, 153 deaths,
up 1 in 48 hrs, 430 Hospital.

 

 Near by Counties include:

 

Fayette 6, 530 cases, 151 deaths,
253 hospital 

Coweta 8, 534 cases, 199 deaths,
up 1 in 24 hrs, 334 hospital

Clayton 23, 052 cases, 433 deaths,
up 3 in 24 hrs, 1, 319 hospital.

Henry 18, 750 cases, 288 deaths,
up 1 in 24 hrs, 590 Hospital

Butts 2, 231 cases, 73 deaths,
123 Hospital

Upson 1, 793 cases, 106 deaths,
up 1 in 48 hrs, 174 hospital.

Lamar 1, 323 cases, 44 deaths,
110 hospital.

Pike 1, 052 cases, 26 deaths,
up 1 in 24 hrs, 69 hospital.

Georgia Counties reporting:

County Cases Per100k Antigen Positive Confirm Deaths Prob-Deaths Hospit
Appling 1896 10214.97 382 65 5 170
Atkinson 777 9327.73 238 18 1 115
Bacon 1273 11162.75 351 28 8 86
Baker 161 5166.88 66 9 0 33
Baldwin 3807 8568.92 632 111 15 316
Banks 1610 8057.25 169 33 2 184
Barrow 8555 9903.57 1118 130 1 590
Bartow 11050 9975.54 3255 207 16 815
Ben Hill 1482 8903.57 583 60 18 151
Berrien 1052 5457.56 762 30 12 71
Bibb 13212 8683.54 2325 398 36 1752
Bleckley 796 6200.34 638 34 17 47
Brantley 917 4775.54 676 32 5 73
Brooks 933 5932.47 442 36 11 86
Bryan 2680 6847.74 868 34 3 172
Bulloch 5210 6556.18 1488 63 48 212
Burke 1754 7850.68 774 36 24 148
Butts 2231 8862.32 777 73 6 123
Calhoun 442 6996.99 134 15 0 73
Camden 3179 5895.33 711 27 6 131
Candler 738 6810 189 36 29 60
Carroll 7341 6111.44 3834 130 104 305
Catoosa 5529 8039.73 584 63 5 247
Charlton 1049 7916.38 296 24 8 62
Chatham 19890 6807.54 2796 407 25 1597
Chattahoochee 3210 29863.24 597 13 2 27
Chattooga 2211 8927.56 544 60 8 173
Cherokee 22044 8268.04 8241 298 14 1248
Clarke 12622 9725.76 2208 133 7 485
Clay 183 6409.81 54 3 0 10
Clayton 23052 7562.05 2551 433 19 1319
Clinch 727 10922.48 226 25 1 66
Cobb 59557 7533.25 16672 942 78 3068
Coffee 4219 9802.05 1051 135 33 644
Colquitt 3487 7681.8 1130 75 39 244
Columbia 10916 6881.38 5626 157 40 461
Cook 1160 6652.52 645 37 4 106
Coweta 8534 5614.44 5260 199 12 334
Crawford 520 4252.54 134 17 2 69
Crisp 1414 6343.94 619 54 23 159
Dade 1193 7381.51 193 11 1 62
Dawson 2678 9910.81 296 41 1 243
DeKalb 56675 7145.52 6999 899 67 4470
Decatur 2126 8076.89 760 54 13 142
Dodge 1079 5293.11 1006 55 46 105
Dooly 783 5843.28 275 32 12 90
Dougherty 5450 6061.95 1906 276 20 1005
Douglas 11719 7714.64 3022 171 38 834
Early 1007 9925.09 155 43 5 73
Echols 358 9019.9 107 4 5 13
Effingham 3742 5844.5 750 64 3 242
Elbert 1518 8012.67 750 57 14 128
Emanuel 1725 7611.19 799 53 28 124
Evans 755 7064.66 195 17 12 72
Fannin 2099 7974.92 242 58 10 173
Fayette 6530 5555.37 2177 151 15 253
Floyd 9904 9912.33 1910 178 38 870
Forsyth 17615 6976.04 4195 173 7 939
Franklin 2317 9931.84 297 42 7 151
Fulton 80340 7309.08 14024 1251 87 4711
Gilmer 2455 7814.24 438 70 12 207
Glascock 144 4760.33 119 7 12 19
Glynn 6581 7648.15 1387 152 19 440
Gordon 6437 11088.91 1591 101 10 325
Grady 1519 6189.89 570 46 13 171
Greene 1489 7955.33 308 56 7 136
Gwinnett 85125 8765.43 13966 1047 69 5338
Habersham 4619 10085.15 395 149 8 470
Hall 24755 11996.67 1978 430 24 2336
Hancock 830 10130.6 75 61 2 104
Haralson 1701 5536.75 890 34 47 73
Harris 2133 6144.85 366 56 1 155
Hart 1700 6511.66 639 37 15 115
Heard 624 5044.46 226 16 3 42
Henry 18750 7816.86 5670 288 27 590
Houston 9893 6299.71 4357 188 60 726
Irwin 679 7198.13 223 18 10 81
Jackson 8414 11263.72 1254 137 11 498
Jasper 665 4683.43 710 18 20 61
Jeff Davis 1286 8489.57 579 37 8 95
Jefferson 1573 10272.32 352 59 5 152
Jenkins 723 8430.5 122 39 4 83
Johnson 784 8115.1 321 42 7 97
Jones 1565 5473.75 407 53 4 161
Lamar 1323 6838.27 671 44 11 119
Lanier 490 4733.84 275 9 4 27
Laurens 3677 7774.44 1813 142 23 348
Lee 1584 5285.11 1108 50 7 184
Liberty 3344 5401.91 515 60 2 215
Lincoln 506 6227.69 286 24 2 52
Long 650 3263.87 178 10 1 46
Lowndes 7688 6522 4729 138 65 368
Lumpkin 2754 8147.45 137 62 6 281
Macon 604 4650.45 239 25 4 81
Madison 2712 8986.98 473 46 10 156
Marion 393 4738.94 162 17 2 37
McDuffie 1640 7593.65 769 41 6 155
McIntosh 686 4709.27 158 14 2 55
Meriwether 1500 7136.06 458 71 12 134
Miller 670 11623.87 171 9 4 40
Mitchell 1521 6896.08 523 74 7 229
Monroe 1852 6679.41 736 86 13 188
Montgomery 711 7708.15 160 21 2 43
Morgan 1185 6191.87 900 22 6 83
Murray 4126 10248.13 714 77 5 241
Muscogee 13978 7294.42 1854 383 51 1130
Newton 7354 6545.38 3359 213 19 638
Non-GA Resident/Unknown State 23318 0 5478 466 145 1243
Oconee 3013 7219.01 937 62 8 127
Oglethorpe 1183 7762.47 279 28 1 75
Paulding 10588 6136.48 5715 163 46 397
Peach 1820 6648.4 741 52 7 212
Pickens 2493 7435.13 833 58 16 205
Pierce 1236 6323.87 1179 43 13 132
Pike 1052 5577.94 1175 26 14 69
Polk 3904 8978.43 1635 77 13 375
Pulaski 607 5572.39 309 32 12 54
Putnam 1763 8055.75 376 57 0 160
Quitman 81 3530.95 85 2 0 11
Rabun 1504 8854.35 170 41 8 149
Randolph 465 6884.81 156 32 1 81
Richmond 19580 9681.57 4424 403 87 1304
Rockdale 5906 6219.46 1486 149 19 851
Schley 208 3943.13 138 5 0 21
Screven 808 5812.95 144 21 9 72
Seminole 741 9103.19 200 17 1 66
Spalding 3971 5745.91 2128 153 33 430
Stephens 2947 11193.41 114 79 2 253
Stewart 782 12759.01 100 23 0 124
Sumter 1790 6088.64 732 91 8 262
Talbot 379 6154.6 90 18 0 40
Taliaferro 100 6127.45 22 3 0 8
Tattnall 1834 7217.35 450 45 20 120
Taylor 508 6383.51 283 22 3 71
Telfair 713 4557.66 561 45 12 69
Terrell 559 6602.1 230 45 2 110
Thomas 3519 7920.15 824 113 10 345
Tift 3404 8337.01 1417 96 29 412
Toombs 2892 10717.86 443 96 14 172
Towns 1067 8866.54 116 42 12 127
Treutlen 623 9122.86 216 24 3 51
Troup 5851 8309.43 1503 182 38 488
Turner 596 7379.89 393 33 4 86
Twiggs 507 6270.1 199 36 6 100
Union 2008 7925.79 153 66 3 204
Unknown 2373 0 800 13 0 45
Upson 1793 6823.46 1608 106 19 174
Walker 6371 9152.42 839 79 7 277
Walton 7930 8276.45 2423 233 20 491
Ware 2983 8320.08 1813 148 23 350
Warren 370 7101.73 145 13 3 47
Washington 1600 7881 407 61 24 110
Wayne 2703 9017.82 809 73 10 265
Webster 105 4117.65 39 4 0 15
Wheeler 457 5778.23 164 21 3 35
White 2950 9289 183 66 12 290
Whitfield 14741 14083.04 1931 226 14 736
Wilcox 473 5381.11 345 29 18 72
Wilkes 668 6670.66 398 20 6 72
Wilkinson 725 8128.71 189 28 0 118
Worth 1176 5838.55 575 59 7 173