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05/07/05

Police Search for Man Who Tried to Run Over Officer

Police used ATVs to search wooded areas. Police used ATVs to search wooded areas.
Richmond Hill Police want to question this man, Marvin Johnson. Richmond Hill Police want to question this man, Marvin Johnson.

Richmond Hill Police are searching for the man who tried to run over one of their officers. It happened around four o'clock Friday afternoon off Harris Trail Road in the Main Street subdivision of Richmond Hill. It started after Corporal Ray Fowler stopped someone for speeding.

"The car pulled up beside him and produced an ID which the officer realized was not him," explained Richmond Hill Police Chief Billy Reynolds. "The individual turned his wheels to the left and tried to run over the police officer."

The car snagged Corporal Fowler, dragging him through the mud at least thirty to forty feet. Fowler was rushed to the hospital. He was released Friday night with minor injuries. The driver also left a trail of destruction behind, knocking out power, mailboxes and Staff Sergeant Carl Sim's garage door.

"I saw the police on 144 when I got off post," he said. "I had no idea what was going on. I didn't know it extended this far, but when I got to the corner, I thought, oh man, I'm involved. It's a good thing no kids were around. This can be replaced. Not kids' lives."

Police from neighboring agencies including the Bryan County Sheriff's Department, Savannah Chatham Police and federal agents set up a perimeter from Highway 17 to I-95. They searched by car, helicopter, ATVs and on foot. They also used K-9s and bloodhounds to comb through the woods and clearings. Detectives spent the evening working to identify a suspect. They are all vowing not to quit their search.

"I've got about ten years before I retire and we'll be here every day until we get it solved," said Chief Reynolds. "I can assure you of that."

Richmond Hill Police are looking for Marvin Johnson for questioning. If you have any information about who he is or where he might be, call Detective Lt. Michael Albritton at (912) 756-5645. You can also leave an anonymous tip at the Richmond Hill Police Department Tipline at 459-BUST (2878).

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