Suspected gang members fire round into home
by Jessica Loeding
Mar 01, 2014 | 4628 views | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff Report

Two suspected gang members are in custody after allegedly firing one round into a Cartersville home.

Four people were playing video games in the living room of a Cassville Road residence when a black male wearing a red hat, red hoodie and red bandanna knocked at the door, stating, “Let me in,” according to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office report.

A male resident went to the door, pulled back the curtain and saw the suspect, but because he did not know the suspect, he did not respond. The victim said as he released the curtain, he saw a black female, also wearing a red bandanna, produce a handgun and point it at the window. As the victim turned to warn the others, one round was fired into the window next to the front door, the report states.

The three other witnesses confirmed the victim’s account.

Darren Halstead and Carla Strozier were located in a short time walking in the area of Sharp Way off Grassdale Road. The victim was escorted by a deputy to the area and identified Halstead and Strozier as the two suspects on the porch when the shot was fired.

Both Halstead and Strozier were arrested and charged with four counts of aggravated assault and violation of the Georgia Gang Act.

Cops seek man suspected of holding female for a week

Cartersville police are looking for a man who allegedly held a woman inside his home for a week.

A man concerned for his daughter’s safety contacted Cartersville police Wednesday afternoon. According to the report, the man had not heard from his daughter since Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. when she left his house with Seddrick Banks.

The man told police she was possibly at 242 Etowah Drive, but when officers arrived, they were unable to make contact with anyone at the home. A missing persons report was filed on the woman.

Thursday morning police were called to the father’s home where they met with the woman reported missing.

According to the female, Banks had shown up at her work on Feb. 19 and made her leave with him. She said he did not forcibly make her leave, but he had surprised her and she was scared of him so she went.

The victim said she and Banks’ children had been ordered to lie down and keep quiet when police arrived Wednesday.

According to the report, Banks beat the woman with a bat and metal poles from a chair on Feb. 20, but he became enraged when she attempted to go the hospital via taxi.

Once back at the Etowah Drive residence, the woman said Banks would not let her leave until Wednesday evening. She told police she called her parents after officers left the scene Wednesday, but her parents did not report any contact with the victim, according to the report.

Banks often carries a weapon, the woman told police, and he told her he “would not go back to jail.” She said if officers came to his house, “he would open fire (shoot) at officers,” the report states. The woman repeatedly told police she was scared of Banks, and advised them there were drugs, including methampethamine and marijuana, inside the residence.

Banks had warrants out for battery under the Family Violence Act and probation violation. The CPD officer took warrants for aggravated assault and false imprisonment.

CPD Public Information Officer Capt. Mark Camp said a Special Weapons and Tactics team attempted to serve arrest warrants on Banks, who is known to have weapons, Thursday night but did not locate the suspect.

Victim identified in fatal crash

One person killed in a Wednesday morning crash on Interstate 75 has been identified.

The Georgia State Patrol said Denison Blanchard Ellis, 54, from Lithonia was driving a Mercedes SL500 north on I-75 in the left lane near mile marker 296 when the vehicle traveled into the median, striking a guardrail. After impact the Mercedes spun across the left, middle and right lanes. The car traveled off the east shoulder of the roadway, striking a tree.

Ellis was pronounced dead at the scene.