The Statesboro Police Department have arrested 23-year-old Trevon Cray. Cray was wanted for the armed robbery and kidnapping of a Georgia Southern University student that occurred on August 6 on Robinhood Trail.
The Statesboro Police Department reports Cray turned himself in Wednesday night. He is being charged with one count armed robbery and one count kidnapping.
Following the arrest, Statesboro's Mayor, Jan Moore, released the following statement on Wednesday:
While a crime of this gravity is not indicative of our community and is in truth an anomaly, its seriousness has affected us all. The victim has suffered a tremendous ordeal and our prayers have been and will remain with him and his family.
While this arrest relieves some, many are still left with questions about safety in off-campus neighborhoods and rumors about violent crime trends.
Statesboro's mayor and police chief say they know four days may seem like an eternity to a victim or their family, but four days for an arrest is actually good. They also wanted to address what they say are some misconceptions about crime in this community.
Trevon Cray surrendered to police within 90 minutes of them announcing him as a suspect in the assault and kidnapping of Tyler Strudgeon. Sunday morning, Strudgeon was attacked in his house and forced to an ATM to withdraw money. Police Chief Mike Broadhead says his detectives worked tirelessly until they had the arrest.
"We were waiting for some specific video to come in," said Chief Mike Broadband, Statesboro Police. "We had some difficulty obtaining that. When it came, it confirmed what we thought we already knew."
Tyler's mother's post on social media about the attack went viral and many posted about similar recent attacks. Statesboro's mayor says the city's crime statistics show this kind of violent attack is rare here.
"And I think the reason it took off like it did and assumptions began to be made on social media is because it doesn't happen all the time," said Mayor Jan Moore.
The chief says most violent crimes here and elsewhere happen between people who know each other or people doing other crimes. He says Strudgeon's attack appears to be random or maybe even mistaken identity.
The chief says they continue to search for a second suspect and as soon as they have a name or other details, he'll share those as soon as he can.
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