//Social media threats to a VPD detective lead to arrest

Social media threats to a VPD detective lead to arrest

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Arrest made after comments on Social Media were made threatening a police officer

On May 20, 2020, at approximately 1255 pm, officers and detectives from the Valdosta Police Department were at a residence in the 2900 block of Calloway Circle, looking for a subject who was involved in a dispute at another location. While on scene at the residence, detectives smelled a strong odor of marijuana emitting from inside the residence. Officers and detectives secured the house, then applied for a search warrant. While waiting for the search warrant, a crowd began to gather in the area, yelling and taunting the officers on scene. One subject, later identified as Jeruhme Marshall, began streaming the situation on live on a social media outlet. During his streaming, Marshall made derogatory comments towards a detective on scene, even showing the detective and identifying the vehicle that he drove. Through his comments on social media, Marshall solicited other persons to commit an act of violence towards the detective.

On Friday, May 22, 2020, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Marshall for criminal solicitation- felony. After detectives attempted to serve the arrest warrant, Marshall turned himself in to Lowndes County Jail.

“It is deeply disturbing that when our officers and detectives are doing their jobs, that this offender used social media to make threats towards them. Our department took the threats serious and I am proud of the work our officers and detectives did to ensure that this offender is held accountable for his actions.” Chief Leslie Manahan