VILLA RICA POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE
On July 2nd a fourth suspect has been arrested in connection to the investigation of the robbery and murder at Mobley’s Jewelry Company. The U.S. Marshals Service, Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, arrested Cranford Phelps, 21 years old, from Atlanta Ga. The arrest was made this morning at 6:00 AM in southeast Atlanta. A firearm was also seized during the arrest but the firearm is not believed to have been used in the Villa Rica incident.
Phelps is currently being held at the Carroll Co Jail on charges of Armed Robbery and Murder. Villa Rica Police Department is still in the process of investigating these crimes and are looking for a fifth suspect.
US MARSHALLS SERVICE PRESS RELEASE
ATLANTA – The U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force Counter Gang Unit, the Carroll County Sheriffs Department, and the Villa Rica Police Department today announced the arrest of a subject who is suspected to be the fourth suspect in the Mobley Jewelry Store armed robbery and murder of owner Mitch Mobley.
Cranford Phelps, 21, was wanted for Armed Robbery and Murder by Villa Rica Police Department. Phelps, who has some criminal history, was arrested at 6:00 AM this morning in Southeast Atlanta. A fire arm was also seized during the arrest. Phelps is also a suspected member of the criminal street gang Famerica.
The Counter Gang Unit (CGU), a joint investigative unit designed to address the growing number of gang-related violent crimes in the Atlanta area, was established in June 2011 with experience and support of the fugitive investigative platform of the 48-member Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force-Atlanta office. While the CGU operates as a team, it is one part of the SERFTF and works hand-in-hand with numerous federal, state and local law enforcement agencies on a daily basis.
Since its inception in 2003, investigations carried out by the SERFTF have resulted in the apprehension of more than 20,000 violent fugitives in the state of Georgia. Of these arrests, more than 1000 were fugitives wanted for homicide. The successful initiative is led by the U.S. Marshals Service and combines federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The SERFTF has offices in Atlanta, Macon, and Savannah that cover the entire state of Georgia. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with violent crimes, gang members, sex offenders, and other felonies. In 2012, U.S. Marshals led task forces arrested more than 153,000 state, local and federal fugitives on felony charges.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov .