COVINGTON - It appears the long arm of the Newton County law will be stretching into Canada to capture a woman who has outstanding warrants against her from Newton and DeKalb counties, according to the Newton County District Attorney's Office.
"We will be moving to extradite Ms. (Olukemi) Olunloyo from Canada," District Attorney Ken Wynne said. "She has two felony cases pending here and other charges pending in DeKalb County. She left the country when it was time to face trial for these alleged offenses. Given the serious nature of the charges, one of which involves an alleged threat against a judge, and other charges of a violent nature, justice requires that she answer these charges here in Georgia."
Wynne said the warrants stem from charges dating back to 2003. Investigators in his office believed she had fled to Nigeria until they received a call from a reporter with the Toronto Star recently.
Ironically, Olunloyo has aligned herself with the Canadian Crime Stoppers, a civilian organization that solicits help from the public to stop crime, and is a self-described advocate and publicity agent for crime victims, who spends her evenings and weekends working on her blogs and apparently has ambitions to run for office in Canada as soon as she can become a citizen, according to a recent Toronto Star newspaper article.
"We need more Kemis in this world," Scott Mills of Crime Stoppers was quoted as saying in the article. "We really do."
The newspaper article talks about a recent news conference she organized for the mother of a murder victim and the reporter describes the scene: "The publicist (is) a 6-foot thunderbolt in a sleeveless dress, red lipstick and brown wig ... "Kemi' introduces herself. She is a community advocate, she says ... "What I really do is I give a voice to all the crime victims in the community, because we want to break the culture of silence,' says Olunloyo, who organized this news conference free of charge. Since moving to Toronto two years ago, this multi-faceted woman has thrust herself into the spotlight."
It was this emergence into "the spotlight" that brought Newton authorities' attention to her and will likely result in her being brought back to Covington to face the outstanding warrants.
Wynne said Olunloyo has been indicted on two counts of felony obstruction of an officer, which allegedly occurred on June 12, 2005; with intimidation of a judicial officer, which allegedly occurred on March 25, 2005; with cruelty to a child, first degree for alleged offenses committed against her autistic son on Nov. 19, 2003. She is also charged with battery and simple battery for offenses that allegedly occurred on Aug. 6, 2004, against another child of hers.
While living in Newton County, Olunloyo and her family were no strangers to law enforcement authorities. The NCSO documents numerous incidents between 2003 and 2006, most of which concerned Olunloyo and her troubled son, which resulted in the involvement of Juvenile Justice system and the Newton County Department of Family and Children's Services.
In the Toronto Star story Olunloyo said the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services "destroyed her family."
The article said the mother of three had never been married and her son Enitan was born autistic.
" ... by the time he was 12, he was impossible for his mother to handle. He would kick, bite and beat her, she says. Enitan confirms this is true. Olunloyo says her second son was taken from her when teachers noticed bite marks on his arm. He is now 17 and has lived with his father since 2000. Things got worse when Olunloyo, Enitan and her youngest son moved to Covington, Ga.," the article states. "Once, she says, her face bloodied from Enitan's punches, she pushed him out of the car and called police to pick him up. She says she was charged with child cruelty for leaving her son alone in the cold. That was in 2003. Enitan was 16."
In February 2006, a Newton High School assistant principal reported to Newton County DFACS that Olunloyo had stated about Enitan, "If (he) was not my son, I would kill him."
According to the Toronto newspaper article, Enitan is now 22 and lives on his own, but "her youngest son was taken away from her three years ago."
It was apparently the removal of her son from her home that caused Olunloyo to make the alleged threat against Juvenile Court Judge Lisa Baig Mantz.
While living in Newton County, Olunloyo was employed as a pharmacist at a local pharmacy and has continued that profession in Canada.
She told the Toronto Star that while deputies were at her home concerning a domestic complaint involving her autistic son, she "merely pointed out a conflict of interest: at the pharmacy where she worked, she happened to be filling a prescription for the daughter of the judge who took her son away from her. "I'm trying to get her child well and she's taken my child away,' she remembers saying."
However, the Citizen reported at the time that three NCSO deputies alleged hearing Olunloyo say she planned to "mess up" Judge Baig Mantz, saying she had access to Baig's pharmacy records. The incident took place only two weeks after Fulton County Superior Court Judge Rowland Barnes was shot and killed in an Atlanta courtroom.
The deputies said Olunloyo told them, "I hate the system. I think Judge Rowland in Atlanta got what he deserved."
Although Olunloyo told the Toronto reporter she had worked out a deal with the Newton County DA's office and charges had been dropped, Newton County Assistant District Attorney Melanie Bell assured her they had not.
"There was never a deal to dismiss anything," she said. "We have no idea how she got out of the country," adding that since Olunloyo is not a U.S. citizen, she was required to turn in her passport to the clerk of the court.