UPDATE (November 23, 2020): Through continued investigation, detectives identified two additional suspects connected to three shootings that occurred Nov. 16-17. Demonte Graham, 17, and Jason Grant, 17, have both been charged with aggravated assault in connection to the incident. At the time of Grant’s arrest, he was in possession of firearm that had previously been stolen in July. The incidents remain under investigation.
SAVANNAH, GA (November 19, 2020) – Savannah Police Department has arrested two subjects linked to at least three November shootings.
Around 3 p.m. Nov. 16, officers responded to the 600 block of E. 38th Street for a ShotSpotter alert and discovered multiple shell casings and vehicles that had been damaged by gunfire. About 30 minutes later, officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert in the 2200 block of Harden Street after multiple shots were fired. Several vehicles had been struck. A 27-year-old female later arrived at the hospital suffering from non-life threatening injuries as a result of the shooting.
The following day around 8:30 p.m. officers responded to the 2000 block of Atlantic Avenue for a ShotSpotter alert with multiple shots fired. An officer, who was in the area and heard the shots, was able to quickly respond and see a vehicle fleeing from the area at a high rate of speed. The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop but the vehicle eluded the officer. The vehicle was later found abandoned. An 18-year-old female also was dropped off at the hospital after suffering non-life threatening injuries during the shooting.
Detectives with SPD’s Criminal Investigation Division and Impact Investigations Team have identified Jhaquez Stamper, 18, and Mykel Banks, 17, as suspects in the shootings. Both suspects are facing two counts of aggravated assault. Stamper is also facing multiple traffic charges.
Earlier this month, Chief Roy Minter activated the department’s new Impact Investigations Team in response to violence across the city. The team utilizes the skillsets of officers located in various areas of the department in order to put a greater amount of focus and investigative resources on shooting investigations and suspects who are potentially involved in multiple violent incidents.
“These arrests illustrate the hard work of our detectives and specialized units,” Minter said. “Rest assured, we are putting all our resources toward the violent crime that is occurring and are putting an emphasis on bringing the suspects involved in these incidents to justice. If you are illegally carrying or carelessly firing a weapon in Savannah streets, putting others’ lives and property in jeopardy, then we are putting all our focus toward coming after you. We encourage the public to also report any activity that could be suspicious or criminal in nature to the department to further assist with these investigations.”
All three incidents remain under active investigation.
Anyone with information on the incidents should call SPD’s Violent Crimes Tip Line at (912) 525-3124 or Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020. Tipsters remain anonymous. Tips can also be submitted through a CrimeStoppers online tip portal at https://www.p3tips.com/tipform.aspx?ID=757. Tipsters may qualify for a reward up to $2,500, depending on the severity of the crime. More information on the process of submitting a tip and how rewards are processed can be viewed at http://www.savannahchathamcrimestoppers.org/About_Us.cfm