BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Law enforcement from Fannin County and Cherokee County, Georgia, worked together to apprehend a suspect with outstanding warrants in the city of Woodstock.
The Fannin County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) responded to a call early Tuesday morning of a domestic threat having been made at the Fannin County Recreation Department located on Tom Boyd Road.
According to witnesses, Satin Blakley dropped off her child for the Day Camp program at the Recreation Department, and informed staff members that her male passenger had made threats against her life. The passenger, Kenneth Bethea, was waiting in the car for her to return and, according to Blakley, had a gun.
Out of fear, Blakley refused to go back out to her vehicle, and staff members immediately notified the FCSO of the situation taking place.
Fannin County Sheriff Dane Kirby stated when officers arrived on the scene, the suspect, Bethea, had already fled on foot. It is speculated that Bethea became nervous when Blakley did not return to the car.
Officers on the scene received a statement from Blakley and ran the suspect’s name. It was upon running Bethea’s name that it was revealed he was wanted by the city of Woodstock Police Department for outstanding warrants.
FCSO notified the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office of the situation, and according to Kirby, “Cherokee County sent up a SWAT Tactical Team to help with the search.”
Kirby said that the two agencies then worked together “to flush the suspect out of the woods.”
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office took command in detaining Bethea once he was located and transported him to that county where he will be held for the outstanding warrants as well as a number of new charges.
Bethea is being held without bond and faces the following charges for his actions in Cherokee County:
- Aggravated Assault by Strangulation;
- Simple Battery;
- Theft by Taking;
- Unlawful to Possess any False Fraudulent document;
- Cruelty to Children 3rd Degree;
- False Imprisonment;
- Obstructing person to make 911 call;
- Criminal Trespass;
- Aggravated Assault w/a deadly weapon;
- Hijacking by motor vehicle (Car-jacking);
- Possession of a firearm during commission of a crime;
- Carrying weapon w/o license;
- Possession of Firearms by convicted felon;
- Criminal damage to property 2nd degree;
- Criminal Trespass; and
- Obstruction of an Officer.
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Summer Day Camp
Registration is now open at Recreation Department. We have three 2-week sessions.
Dates are: Session 1-June 5-16
Session 2-June 19-30
Session 3-July 10-21
*No camp the week of July 3-7
Cost: $35 per session
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