DeKalb sheriff institutes new policy in warrant unit - CBS46 News

DeKalb sheriff institutes new policy in warrant unit

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DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann gave CBS46 a behind-the-scenes look at how his warrant unit tracks down bad guys.

According to the sheriff, his office gets about 1,000 warrants a month and most are for non-violent offenders who failed to show up for court or violated probation. But included in that number are offenders wanted for the so called "seven deadly sins."

"We're talking about murder, rape, kidnapping, aggravated assault, aggravated child molestation, child molestation and aggravated sexual batter," Mann said.

Mann said investigators typically capture 97 percent of violent offenders.

But this past week, attention has been focused on one non-violent suspect, Sabrina Townes. She has been charged in two deadly accidents - one last Sunday in Gwinnett County that killed 39-year-old Pamela Leake and another in DeKalb in 2012 that killed Lymeng Lim.

Leake's family believes she may be alive today if Townes had been caught.

"I mean it depends on what the court system did with respect to her and this last time whether or not she was in jail, whether she was convicted or whether or not they gave her bond. There are a lot of ifs ands or buts, but certainly we feel for the victims of any crime," Mann said.

Mann said investigators went to Townes' listed address twice but she wasn't there. He also said a misspelling on the warrant hampered the search. Although he said his office isn't responsible for the misspelling, Mann said he's taking steps to ensure it doesn't happen again.

"We just need to do a better job of looking at the warrant and when we find there is a bad address or misspelled name, we follow up and make sure a supervisor gets involved," Mann said.

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