On October 31, 2013, around 7:20 am, a 45 year old East Gadsden man told police an acquaintance shot at him near Adams Circle in East Gadsden. The victim said he was walking on East Broad Street near the intersection with Adams Circle when a 53 year old man, with whom he had a “beef” with several years earlier, tried to run him over while driving a white SUV. The victim said he ran and the offender got out of the SUV and chased him on foot, through some backyards of residences in the 100 block of Adams Circle, and shot at him twice. Police responded but couldn’t locate the offender or any shell casings where the incident reportedly happened. The victim told police he hadn’t spoken to the offender in several years and didn’t know why he would want to hurt him. The incident is under investigation.
On October 31, 2013, around 8:30 pm, a 19 year old South Gadsden man told police he was robbed of his scooter near the intersection of Hickory Street and Centre Avenue. The man said he had stopped near that intersection to work on his motor scooter when he was approached by a man wearing a monkey mask, dark pants and a black leather jacket. He said the man asked him he if needed any help and walked up very close to him. The victim said when he pushed the masked man away the man pulled out a knife and cut him on his left forearm. The man then took his scooter and drove away. Police responded and located the unattended scooter in a nearby church parking lot and returned it to the victim. The incident is still under investigation.
On October 22, 2013, a resident in the 1200 block of Windsor Street reported his home was burglarized and an Apple IPad along with four handguns were stolen. An investigation led Detective Jeff Hopper to a residence in the 700 block of Blythe Street. There he, along with Special Project Team Officers Jason Coffman, Steve Holcomb, Danny Haas and Sergeant Josh Russell, executed a search warrant (October 24th) and found the stolen items. Two juveniles were charged with five counts each of Receiving Stolen Property 2nd. The incident is still under investigation by Detective Hopper with the possibility of additional charges.
On October 28, 2013, Detectives Jeff Hopper and Brandon Teague arrested DELANDIS TAYLOR (b/m, 21 years old, Gadsden) for two counts each of Burglary 3rd and Theft of Property 2nd for his involvement in two separate burglaries of the same residence in the 400 block of Oakleigh Drive – one in July 2013 – the other in October 2013. At the time of the July burglary the resident told police someone stole her .357 pistol. At the time of the October burglary the resident reported 4 handguns, a 32 inch flat screen television, an Apple IPad and a digital camera were taken. TAYLOR is being held at the Etowah County Jail on cash bonds totaling $10,000.