Two arrested for ID fraud following chase
by Wes Mayer
A man and woman were charged with fraud after leading Coweta County investigators and deputies on a car chase near the Canongate neighborhood Thursday.
Around 11:20 a.m., Inv. John Curtis with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office’s Crime Suppression Unit was patrolling the area of Palmetto-Tyrone Road due to recent burglaries, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office. In the area of Carriage Gate Drive, Curtis noticed two people in a red Chevrolet Impala acting suspiciously.
Believing there might be drugs in the Chevrolet, Curtis followed the driver, later identified as Demario Seantavious Mormon, 27, Yarbrough said. When Mormon rolled through a stop sign at Minix Road, Curtis turned on his lights to pull the suspicious vehicle over.
Mormon did not want to pull over, though, and continued to drive toward Palmetto-Tyrone Road, Yarbrough said. At the intersection, Mormon drove around two cars stopped at the stop sign, almost wrecking with other vehicles, he said.
On Palmetto-Tyrone, Mormon passed another car in a no passing zone, nearly hitting an oncoming truck head-on. Mormon lost control of the vehicle around the 800-block of Palmetto-Tyrone, ran off the road, hit a tree and fled into the woods on foot, Yarbrough said. The passenger — Mormon’s girlfriend, Dyrica LaShaun Williams, 23 — was left behind in the vehicle, and was taken into custody by investigators.
A lookout was place on Mormon, and he was later found walking on Cannongate Road. Instead of marijuana in the vehicle, Curtis found a stack of 25 personal checks in a child safety seat, Yarbrough said, none of which belonged to either Mormon or Williams. In the investigation, it was discovered the two spent their time stealing homeowners’ mail out of their mailboxes in the Canongate neighborhood area, to steal their financial information and identities, according to Yarbrough.
Both Mormon and Williams were charged with identity fraud and theft by taking, and Mormon was charged with fleeing/attempting to elude officers, obstruction of officers, reckless driving, passing in a no passing zone, a stop sign violation and driving on a suspended license.
According to Yarbrough, it is likely more charges will follow.
Mormon is suspected of being involved in a major identity fraud ring in the greater Atlanta area, and the U.S. Marshals and U.S. Postal Service, who have indictments on the two for other counts, are investigating this case as well.