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from recent Savannah/Chatham Police incident reports

A convicted felon who led police on a car chase and manhunt was arrested Nov. 15.

Brian Wesley Dean, 28, also known as Brian Dean-Rober, was captured by Savannah-Chatham Metro Police, Garden City Police and sheriff’s deputies shortly after 4:30 p.m. after a chase that started on U.S. 80 at Dean Forest Road. That’s where agents with the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team tried to arrest him on a warrant for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Agents spotted Dean in his Mitsubishi Eclipse shortly before 3 p.m. He was parked at a Chevron station on U.S. 80 and when they attempted to arrest him, he sped off. Officers pursued him to the Foss Mobile Home Park on Quacco Road, where his car struck a water main.

A small quantity of meth was found in Dean’s possession. Paramedics took him to Memorial Health University Hospital after he complained he was having trouble breathing. Dean was treated and released, then taken to jail. In addition to the warrant and drug charges, he is charged with multiple traffic violations and obstruction by fleeing.

• When a man approached the cash register of a Waters Avenue convenience store with a weapon in his right hand and demanded money, the employees at first thought it was a joke. In response, the man fired at one of the employees, striking him in the wrist. The suspect walked around the counter, opened the cash register and removed between $300 to $400.

After dropping several bills onto the floor, the suspect jumped over the counter, leaving a bloody footprint on the top of the counter next to the cash register. He ran out of the business and jumped into a car outside and was last seen going south on Waters. The cashier was taken to a local hospital by EMS. A shell casing from the gun was found on the counter top near the cash register. Because of the casing, officers determined a .380-caliber gun was used.

Many items in the store had been moved and knocked down, caused by customers fleeing. The bullet was later found on the floor, and officers examined the surveillance video to search for information about the suspect.

• While parked at the Largo-Tibet Elementary School, an officer was approached by a woman who said her son had been involved in an altercation.

The son had sustained a visible impact with swelling under his right eye, but EMS treatment was refused by the mother. The woman said her son had been walking in the 700 block of Tibet Avenue when about 15 teenagers, dressed mostly in black, attacked him.

The suspects also took the son’s cell phone and an earpiece for the phone. The attackers were scared off by either a police officer or sheriff’s deputy who was driving in the vicinity.

The son said he was scared and walked home rather than contact the officer in the marked unit. After he explained the situation to his mother, they contacted police.

• A juvenile struck his mother after she tried to discipline him in their apartment on Lewis Drive. The woman told a police officer that her son didn’t call her when he arrived home as he had been told to do. While she was scolding him, he became argumentative, so she attempted to discipline him by lightly striking his bicep with a plastic broom handle.

The son struck his mother and an altercation ensued. The father entered the home and broke up the fight by striking his son to get him off his mother. There was slight swelling on the juvenile’s head where his father struck him and scratches on his arm from his mother, and the woman had lip injuries. The son told the officer that his mother hit him in the arms, head and chest and that her injuries were sustained when he tried to restrain her.

• A West Liberty Street resident called police after he boyfriend arrived home drunk and asked for $5 to pay a cab driver who was waiting outside.

When the woman pulled her wallet out and opened it, the man began to grab for it, saying, “I’ll show you what I want.” When she wouldn’t give him the wallet, the man began to push her and shake her vigorously. After the man obtained the wallet, he pulled the woman’s credit card out of it and left the residence.

The woman told the officer she believes he was going to buy drugs. She was advised to call the credit card company and suspend the account.