Richmond County investigators getting the word out

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

News 12 at 11, November 21, 2007

Augusta, Ga. --- Richmond County investigators need your help finding a murderer. They were passing out flyers and looking for information leading to an arrest in the murder of 22-year-old Jimmy Quarles. He was found shot in the head in the backyard of an abandoned house on 1st Street Monday.

"We want the violence out of our neighborhood cause we got kids walking around here, it just that simple," Olivia Calles said.

Several violent crimes investigators were canvassing the neighborhood and taking another look at the scene of the crime.

"Our main focus was to get back out in the neighborhood to let the people know were still working diligently on this case to let them know we are aware that a violent act has occurred in their neighborhood and were not going to stop, were not going to rest until we take this person into custody," Sgt. Richard Roundtree said.

Sgt. Richard Roundtree said it's important to get out in the neighborhood and get the word is on the street from neighbors. He said they have had an excellent success rate with the public.

"We have a great partnership. The people of Augusta now are coming forward and providing information to law enforcement. They have a vest interest in their community. They're not going to tolerate the violence and anytime we get out in the neighborhoods the response has been overwhelming," Sgt. Roundtree said.

This is the 24th homicide this year in Richmond County and only the second this year that has not been solved. Investigators said it's still very early on in this investigation, but they have some good leads.

"Right now, we have some productive leads. We don't have the final piece of the puzzle of course right now, but were confident that this case will be solved," Sgt. Roundtree said.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is offering a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person responsible for this murder. If you have have any information call 706-821-1080.


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  • by Jonathan U Location: Augusta tech on Nov 24, 2007 at 01:13 PM
    I was just sitting in class with this well mannered young man Monday morning about 10:40am. We were the only two people left in the class room so I started a little convo about life and plans for life, he informed me about that he was at Augusta tech for barbering and business and his dream was to open his own barber shop. No matter how bad any body tries to make this young man out to be, I believe that he was a blessed child of god and I commend his mother for the great job that she did raising him. I apologize for his family’s lost and I pray that GOD gives his mother the strength to get past her lost and P.U.S.H to find the one that took her loved one. My condolences, Jonathan Underwood
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