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Tag reader helps nab man wanted by U.S. Marshals

  • By Clay Neely
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  • Nov. 22, 2020 - 11:01 PM

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Tag reader helps nab man wanted by U.S. Marshals

The Newnan Times-Herald

An Ohio man wanted by the U.S. Marshals office is in custody after being caught in Coweta County with a stolen tag on his car.

Thursday afternoon, Deputy Josh Riviere was on patrol near Collinsworth Road when a vehicle license reader system reportedly alerted to a tag recently stolen out of the metro Atlanta area.

Because the tag did not match the car, a traffic stop was conducted, and the driver of the car gave a false name, according to Riviere.

The driver did not have a driver's license but gave the name and date of birth of someone who reportedly had a suspended license. Deputies took the driver into custody and located a handgun along with marijuana, THC oil, THC wax, blunt spray and around $1,800 in cash inside the car, according to Riviere.

While processing evidence, Riviere discovered a photo ID matching the driver's description and learned the man was wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service on an active warrant stemming from illegal drug distribution resulting in death.

The driver, identified as Raymond Andrew Williams II, 35, of Cleveland, Ohio, was taken into custody and charged with acquiring license plate to conceal vehicle ID, theft by receiving stolen property, misdemeanor marijuana possession, THC oil and THC wax possession, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and giving a false name to officers.

He's currently being held without bond at the Coweta County Jail.

Sheriff Lenn Wood said the incident is another example of the tag readers helping law enforcement in Coweta.

“The Flock tag readers have helped in numerous cases,” Wood said. “These tag readers give us notices on stolen vehicles, tags and wanted people. This has allowed us to slow the incidents of entering autos and thefts. I don’t want our citizens to be concerned about us keeping the information forever either. This information is short-lived in the cloud. It is a great tool in our crime-fighting only.”