Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

Local News

August 10, 2013

Montezuma Police investigate robbery case

MONTEZUMA — In the early-morning hours of Tuesday, officers with the Montezuma Police Department responded to Flint River Community Hospital to the report of a gunshot victim.

According to a press release from the Montezuma Police Department, officers responded at 1:20 a.m. to the hospital where they found the victim, Tristan Cortez Johnson, 22 of 204 Jordan St., Oglethorpe, who had been shot in the chest area.

The release says officers interviewed Johnson and he told then he was walking up River Road when a black male, driving a white Lexus-type vehicle, shot him. Johnson was later transported to the Medical Center in Macon where he was treated and released due to non-serious injuries.

According to the release, officers went to the River Road area where they met with several witnesses who stated that while they were at 111 River Road, Montezuma, two black males, one wearing a mask, entered the residence through the rear door and demanded money and then shot Johnson once in the chest area. Detectives processed the crime scene and determined that this was the location of the incident.

The release further states that a look-out was placed on the white Lexus and it was spotted on Ga. Highway 26 traveling west along with a Chevrolet vehicle traveling behind it. An Oglethorpe Police officer placed an additional look-put on both vehicles. The Chevrolet was stopped on Southerfield Road in Sumter County by a Sumter County Sheriff’s Office deputy and the Lexus was stopped in Americus on Felder Street by a Americus Police officer. Both drivers were detained, and the driver of the Lexus was released pending further investigation by the Montezuma Police Department. The driver of the Chevrolet, later identified as Michael Bernard Holmes of Byromville, was arrested for DUI and transported to the Sumter County Jail.

Officers of the Montezuma Police Department continued to investigate the case and obtained a photo line-up through the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Intelligence Unit. The photo line-ups was provided to the witnesses and Holmes was identified by the witnesses as being at the location with the shooter and Holmes’ vehicle was also identified, the release says.

Montezuma Police Chief Eric Finch, said, "I would like to thank all the agencies who assisted in this case, Oglethorpe, Americus Police Department, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, Macon County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. This is a difficult case because we are waiting on other evidence to come in."

Finch added, "I appreciate these agencies taking the time out of their busy schedules to assist us in this investigation."

Currently, Holmes is in the Macon County Jail on an armed robbery warrant pending further investigation by the Montezuma Police Department after speaking with the District Attorney's Office. The Montezuma Police Department and the Probation and Parole Department are looking for Johnson.

Finch added, "I would like to thank the men and women of the Montezuma Police Department for the time and effort they put into this case."



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