SAVANNAH, GA (August 11, 2013) – Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Chief Julie Tolbert, Asst. Chief Terry Enoch and Patrol North Commander Major Richard Zapal recognized a Savannah couple for bravely and unselfishly helping officers apprehend a wanted rape and assault suspect.
Anthony and Tammie Wiruth spotted rape suspect Alfred Colquitt, 47, outside their Scents for Cents business at 31 W. Congress Street just before 6 p.m. on Thursday. They started following Colquitt and their employee, Donnell Reed called 911.
Sgt. Mark Gallipeau, working overtime for the SCMPD’s Downtown Residents Entertainment District Tourism Engagement and Response unit or DETER, was in the area and responded to the call. He spotted Colquitt crossing Drayton Street and attempted to question him. The Wiruths were still pursuing Colquitt and he took off again towards the Lucas Theater. A tourist from Akron, Ohio actually grabbed Colquitt and held him down until Sgt. Gallipeau could arrest him.
“While I never encourage our citizens to put themselves at risk, we are truly grateful that the Wiruths were willing to step up and assist in the apprehension of this wanted individual. Their vigilance and determination has helped make this community a safer place,” said Chief Tolbert. “I also commend the efforts of our DETER unit. These officers are giving up time with their families to help patrol the downtown area and as you can see they are making a positive impact,” she added.