Crime Crosses Counties

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By Ben Wolf
Monday, August 28, 2006

A Quitman man remains in stable condition at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta after being robbed of his jewelry, money, and car, all in his own driveway.

The robbery happened at 601 North Quincy in Quitman. Authorities say 26-year-old Rashad Adams was robbed of jewelry, money and his blue Buick. Police believe the suspect then shot him in the driveway.

A neighbor who lives at 710 West Bartow Street describes what happened next.

"He came running down the road, came in the yard, saying he got shot, so we took him in the house and called the police and that was it."

The story then moved into Lowndes County where a deputy spotted the stolen car and then chased the suspect northbound on I-75.

The chase occurred just before 1:00 in the morning and exceeded 100 miles per hour.

The next stop for the suspect was when he smashed into a car port, located at 2414 Giddens Drive.

"It went straight, about two houses down from mine. Then he jumped out and went towards the path, [and] then another police officer came from behind. Then, four more police officers came from behind and jumped out and went towards the path.”

Valdosta Police, the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department, Georgia State Patrol, and a state prison K-9 unit searched for four hours, but could not find the suspect.

Authorities say 18-year-old Nikita Jones is a person of interest in the case.

Authorities urge anyone with information on the whereabouts of Nikita Jones to call the Valdosta Tip Line at (229) 293-3091 or the Quitman Tip Line at (229) 263-7556.