Published 11:37 am Monday, April 22, 2019

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CRISP COUNTY- April 22, 2019

Covington Murder Suspect, Keyondre Preston, 18-year-old male, a resident of Decatur, Georgia was placed under arrest on April 21, 2019, at approximately 4:30 a.m. without incident. A 16-year-old juvenile was also taken into custody but later released after being interviewed. Law enforcement located a weapon and drugs in the room.

Cordele Police Department was notified Saturday night around 11:00 p.m. that murder suspect, Keyondre Preston was possibly at a local hotel. Shortly after being notified Cordele Police Department Major Taylor conferred with Sheriff Hancock on the location of the suspect. Additional Information was obtained that confirmed Preston was indeed in Cordele at the Ashburn Inn (1602 East 16th Avenue).

Members of the Tri-County Special Response Team, GBI Bomb Unit, Georgia State Patrol Aviation, and the U.S. Marshal Middle Georgia Fugitive Task Force worked together on a plan to apprehend Preston. Two members of the Covington Police Department also drove to Cordele to assist. Preston was transported to the Crisp County Detention Center where he awaits transport back to Covington, Georgia.

“It was teamwork between agencies that brought about a peaceful resolution. I applaud those who put their life on the line, and marched into harm’s way to apprehend this dangerous subject,” stated Sheriff Billy Hancock.