NCSO finds suspect in New York

Nico Dietrich

Nico Dietrich

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Squad has tracked down a man wanted in connection with multiple sexual offenses after he had been on the run for more than a year.

NCSO Public Information Officer Deputy Courtney Morrison said Nico Alexander Dietrich, 22, of 3442 Corsor Ave., Bronx, N.Y., was arrested on a Newton County warrant by New York City police and extradited to the Newton County Detention Center.

Dietrich was wanted on charges of enticing a child for indecent purposes, rape, child molestation, aggravated child molestation, sodomy and aggravated sodomy.

Morrison said the incident that led to the arrest and charges occurred on April 14, 2009, about 5 p.m. and involved a 14-year-old Newton County girl.

She said the girl knew Dietrich from her neighborhood and immediately after the incident went home and told her mother, who notified authorities.

"They did everything right," Morrison said.

When NCSO investigators went to question Dietrich, he had fled, and a warrant for his arrest was issued. Morrison said the NCSO Warrant Division exhausted all efforts and turned the matter over to the NCSO Fugitive Squad, which was able to locate Dietrich in New York.

Alert clerk recognizes suspect

A man wanted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in connection with an assault and robbery of a woman in Cornelia was arrested in Newton County on Tuesday afternoon thanks to an alert clerk at Bailey's BP, located at Ga. Highway 81 and Salem Road.

"The witness saw him on the news and she called dispatch. Deputies arrived and he was arrested," Morrison said.

Joseph C. Crawford, 30, was taken to the Newton County Detention Center, where he was interviewed by GBI agents and law enforcement personnel from Cornelia. He is expected to be taken to the Habersham County Jail, where he faces aggravated assault and armed robbery charges.

According to GBI spokesman John Bankhead, the robbery and shooting of the woman took place at Little Caesar's restaurant on U.S. Highway 441 in July and investigators were searching for Crawford.

A Kimberly's Call alert was issued, which led to the tip received late Tuesday, Bankhead said.

"Investigators were already in the area having obtained information during the search that Crawford may be in Newton County. GBI agents, Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies and members of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force responded to the station," Bankhead said. "When Crawford spotted police, he ran out of the back door of the station where he was met by arresting officers covering the rear of the gas station."

NCSO locates suspect in Henry Co. home invasion

Newton County authorities assisted Henry County police by going to a Butler Bridge Road home seeking a woman allegedly involved in a McDonough home invasion.

"Henry County told us she could possibly have a gunshot wound," Morrison said. "When deputies arrived, they located her in her garage nursing a wound."

Morrison said EMS was called to the scene and the woman was transported to Atlanta Medical Center.

Monica Allen, 40, of 2136 Butler Bridge Road was wanted in connection with a home invasion that occurred Monday, during which the McDonough homeowner allegedly shot and killed 27-year-old John David Griffen of Clanton, Ala.

According to reports from the Associated Press, the homeowner called the Henry County authorities, telling them he heard banging on his front door and wound up firing one shot. He said the man at the door fell to the ground. When police arrived, they found the man dead in the front yard. The woman fled the scene and apparently went to her Newton County home, where she was discovered about 2 p.m. Tuesday.