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Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police and the Southeast Regional Felony Task Force (SERFTF) of the U.S. Marshals arrested two suspects tied to crimes in downtown, southside and islands precinct areas.

Metro's K-9 Unit partnered with SERFTF to arrest 20-year-old Rashamel Gardner at a residence on the 900 block of Waters Avenue, in recent jewelry store robberies.  Gardner is believed to be one of two male suspects who on Aug. 13, stole merchandise from F.P. Wortley Jewelers on the 8100 block of Abercorn Street. Investigators say the suspects took a stainless steel Rolex.

Detectives have charged Gardner with robbing a downtown Savannah jewelry store of a Rolex watch worth $38,000 on Aug. 1. An accomplice with him has not been identified.

Also last week, Metro's Islands Precinct Crime Suppression Unit and SERFTF arrested Clarence R. Fleming III, 19, of the 2200 block of Hanson Street, for a shooting and robbery near Rockefeller and Joe streets on June 22 that left one man critically injured.

Fleming is one of two suspects charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery and attempted armed robbery in this case.

• Detectives are investigating the shooting and robbery of a Savannah man last week.

 Robert Ward, 26,  of the 1300 block of East 57th Street escaped serious injury and refused emergency medical treatment after the 12:02 p.m. incident in the Sunset Park neighborhood of east Savannah.

The victim told responding Islands Precinct patrol officers that "he was in the driveway when two males approached, one armed with a handgun. He said he ran into the house and the gunman fired and followed him into the house and robbed him."

The suspects were described as black males; about 5'8"-5'-10", wearing blue jeans. One was one wearing a black shirt and the other a white shirt. The gunman in the white shirt had a "very short afro haircut," police say.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). A confidential Tip Line is open at (912) 525-3124.

• Police officers "scrambled into dark waters of a marsh to rescue a 78-year-old man with dementia they had been searching for Friday night," a spokesman says.

Hubert Tyler was taken from the marsh behind the Savannah Cottages, a personal care home where he resides on the 11300 block of White Bluff Road, about 7:40 p.m. He was transported to St. Joseph Hospital for evaluation and treatment.

The officers had been searching for him for more than an hour after he was reported missing from the home and were in the process of mounting a media campaign for additional help when an officer spotted him in the water.

Metro Police Chief Julie Tolbert praised the effort of the officers who she said put themselves in jeopardy by entering the marsh at night, "some before being able to remove their gun belts and other equipment to reach the victim before he submerged," says the spokesman.

"There is a good chance he could have died in those waters, had it not been for the swift action of these officers," Tolbert said. "We hope Mr. Tyler was rescued before the elements affected him severely."


and we are proud of the work of these officers in doing so."

• A motorcyclist critically injured in a crash in west Chatham County last week has died.

David Hardy, 63, of a Croatan Street address, died at Memorial University Medical Center where he was transported for treatment. A passenger, Sarah Napier, 73, of Dallas GA, received non-life threatening injuries in the 12:01 p.m. crash.

They were riding a Yamaha V-Star and were attempting to exit Fort Argyle Road at Old River Road when the motorcycle ran off the edge of the roadway and he lost control. Both were thrown from the motorcycle.