Officers evacuated the residents from nearby apartments and attempted to get the subjects in the apartment to come out and give themselves up. A standoff ensued and SWAT officers arrived on the scene shortly thereafter. At about 8:40 p.m., one suspect opened the door and surrendered to police. A few minutes later, the second suspect also surrendered to police. Both subjects were taken into custody. Upon clearing the apartment, officers located a dismantled 20-gauge shotgun. No other firearm was located.
Arrested were Jesse Tyler Sanderson, 28, and William Donald Garland, 34, both of Cartersville. Both men were taken to police headquarters for processing and later transported to the Bartow County jail where they currently are being held.
Garland has been charged with party to a crime and felony obstruction. Sanderson has been charged with felony obstruction, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Cartersville Police Chief Thomas Culpepper said, “We are all pleased that this situation was resolved peacefully. Officers responded appropriately and handled this tense situation in a very professional manner.”
The investigation is continuing.
Suspect sought concerning armed robbery
On Friday, Nov. 16, at about 10:53 p.m., a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to the Citgo at the corner of North Tennessee Street and West Felton Road, Cartersville, in reference to an armed robbery that occurred at 107 E. Felton Road, Cartersville.
Upon arrival, the deputy spoke with the victim who stated he was walking up East Felton Road, near the incident location, going back to The Crown Inn where he is staying. According to his statement in the BCSO incident report, he was approached by a young black male, who reached into his pocket and pulled out a silver hand gun and pointed it at his face.
According to the incident report, the suspect yelled to him, “Old man, don’t make me kill you! Give me your wallet!” He yelled to him several more times, “Don’t make me hurt you!” The victim immediately gave him his wallet, which contained $160 in cash and his identification card, then the suspect ran toward Carmike Cinemas.
The victim ran over to the Citgo to call 911 from a pay phone. He gave the following description — young black male, 5 feet 8 inches, 120 pounds, 18 to 20 years old, wearing a black or gold colored hoody with the Saints football emblem on the front, a baseball cap matching the hoody with the same emblem, dark colored pants, white high top tennis shoes and a gold bracelet on his right wrist.
A be on the lookout notice was issued for the suspect immediately to all responding county, city and Georgia State Patrol units.