An undercover prostitution sting in the Jefferson Street area led to the arrest of eight people, including one man who tried to run from police, bringing additional charges.
Sean Leonard Williams, 42, solicited sex from an undercover officer but sped away in his pickup truck when convening officers identified themselves. He eventually was arrested after a foot chase and charged with multiple counts.
Arrested for prostitution were Shawn Demetrius Blige, 31, Ruth Ann Robinson, 48, Michael Wayne Gibbs Jr., 29, and James Baggs III, 48. Charged with pandering were Caezare Nico Johnson, 21, Alex Terrell Love, 42, and Robert Terrell Williams, 23.
The operation was conducted in reaction to complaints from residents about prostitutes working in the area around 41st and 42nd streets and Jefferson and Bull streets. Several of those charged with prostitution are males who were dressed as females.
• A 20-year-old Savannah man was arrested for entering autos and other charges after striking a police car and being bitten by a police canine.
Mark Deon Mack was arrested on Truman Parkway near Delesseps Street after witnesses reported seeing a white Dodge leaving a daycare center on the 8800 block of White Bluff Road where a car was entered and a purse stolen.
A Southside Precinct Patrol officer attempted to stop the car on the Truman Parkway but it struck the guardrail and an SCMPD patrol car. Mack, the sole occupant, attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended by a police canine officer who had joined the pursuit. Mack was treated for a dog bite wound.
The purse was located at a convenience store on the 3200 block of Skidaway Road where someone had attempted to use a bank card from the purse to purchase fuel.
• A 22-year-old Savannah man was charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor after instigating a neighborhood search by telling Metro Police he was shot in a robbery.
Police instead found that Dennis Gregory Johnson, 22, of the 1100 block of East 55th street, had shot himself. He has been charged with false report of a crime, false statements and writing and possession of marijuana.
Johnson had initially walked up to a patrol officer who was conducting a traffic stop at East 58th and Guatemala streets and reported he was walking to the hospital because he had been shot by two males who tried to rob him on his front porch.
Detectives, however, confirmed patrol officers' suspicions by determining he had shot himself and insisted he was injured in a robbery.
• A 31-year-old Savannah man was arrested and charged after shooting at another man following a road rage incident. Jamaal Bryant, 31, was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony after firing shots at a 62-year-old man on Abercorn Street.
The victim told police he was leaving a store in the Twelve Oaks shopping center just before 9 a.m. when a white Toyota Sequoia sped into the parking lot. The victim yelled at the driver and a conversation took place until the victim entered his vehicle to leave. Moments later the Toyota turned around in front of the victim and shots were fired at the car.