Two homicides happened within 24 hours last week, with one case apparently solved and the other killer(s) still at large.
Two brothers were arrested after a shooting last Friday afternoon. Devontay Small,17 and John Small,19, both of Savannah, were charged and arrested in the murder and robbery of Timothy Randolph.
Just after 4 p.m., officers responded to Martha and Coaxley streets after calls of a shooting. Randolph had multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead on the scene.
Detectives canvassed the neighborhood attempting to locate witnesses, and it was discovered the murder took place during an attempted robbery of drugs and money.
John Small showed up at an area hospital soon after the initial incident suffering from a gunshot wound as well. Both brothers were interviewed and later charged in the shooting. Detectives credit great neighborhood involvement with helping them solve this in such a timely manner.
The previous night, a high school senior was shot to death on East 54th Street, apparently for his car. Police are seeking two vehicles seen fleeing the scene.
Cleophus Donte Swann, 18, of the 100 block of Heritage Way, was found dead in the first block of East 54th about 8:20 p.m.
Residents heard shots and saw a light–colored SUV or pickup truck and a dark colored car speeding away. One resident attempted to perform CPR as others called police, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police continue to investigate. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234–2020 or text CRIMES (274637). Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
• Savannah Fire & Emergency Services investigators seek the public’s assistance in locating an arson suspect in connection with a fire last week on 47th Street.
Investigators secured warrants against 56–year–old James Edward Moultrie, charging him with 1st degree arson and terroristic threats. The charges stem from a fire that destroyed a vehicle and damaged a house at 1006 W. 47th St.
Firefighters were sent to a reported vehicle fire just before 10:45 a.m. Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames quickly, limiting damage to the house to a small portion of the front porch roof. Firefighters also extinguished a small fire near the rear of the residence. A 1998 Plymouth minivan that was parked near the front of the house was destroyed by the blaze. SFES investigators say a 48–year–old resident, who was home at the time of the fire, was able to escape the home without injury.
Moultrie is described as a black male, 5’ 8” tall, weighing 205 lbs. He has short black hair, brown eyes, and possibly a beard and mustache. His last known address is 1004 E. 31st in Savannah. Investigators say Moultrie also uses the last name Oliver and is known to frequent Hilton Head area and also Barnwell County, S.C.
Investigators ask that anyone who has information on the whereabouts of Moultrie contact the Savannah Fire & Emergency Services Arson Unit at 912–644–5959. Citizens with information can also call Crimestoppers at 234–2020 or the Georgia Arson Control Hotline, toll–free at 1–800–282–5804. The Hotline pays up to $10,000 for information.