Valdosta Police take two suspects into custody

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By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
July 12, 2017

Aliza Dejun Dickey (Courtesy: Valdosta Today)

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- The Valdosta Police Department has arrested Aliza Dickey and another wanted suspect on the 3400 block of North Valdosta Road.

Wednesday morning, VPD got a tip that Dickey had been seen in Albany, and that they believed he was on his way to Valdosta. The tipper also provided a vehicle description.

VPD set up a "felony traffic stop" on Exit 22 off I-75, where they took Dickey and 19-year-old Ronald Welsh into custody.

Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress said that Welsh was identified "as one of the ringleaders of the multiple vehicle break ins that have been occurring across the city."

Both Welsh and Dickey were taken to the Lowndes County Jail.

Dickey is facing four felony charges, including aggravated assault and aggravated battery. Welsh is facing three felonies and two misdemeanor charges.


By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
July 12, 2017

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- The Valdosta Police Department has announced they have taken Aliza Dickey into custody.

Police are expected to be releasing more details shortly.

This is a developing story. Stay with WCTV for more information as it comes in.


By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
July 10, 2017

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- The Valdosta Police Department has obtained an arrest warrant and are searching for a suspect in connection with a shooting from last Friday.

Detectives are searching for 19-year-old Aliza Dejun Dickey, an African American male, approximately 5'11" in height and weight about 160 pounds, for a shooting at the 800 block on West Mary Street last week.

Dickey has an arrest warrant for aggravated assault. According to VPD, he is considered armed and dangerous.

If anyone knows about his whereabouts, they are urged to contact 911 immediately.


By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
July 7, 2017

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- Kids played without a worry Sunday afternoon at Azalea Woods Apartments in Valdosta.

A completely different scene that was happening here two days ago.

Residents say a shooting allegedly happened inside one of the closest apartments to where neighborhood kids play.

"I spoke to a couple of them and they say they saw it," says April Jackson, a resident.

In fact, many residents say several kids watched it all unfold, from two men arguing outside to police and EMS rushing to the scene.

"I came out and I was shocked. There were ambulances and police cars everywhere and everybody standing outside," says Jackson.

A feeling of disbelief echoed by everyone in the complex.

Jackson has lived in Azalea Woods with her kids for over five years, and says things like this are unusual.

"Things are going to happen with any community, but it doesn't make it a bad community," says Jackson.

Although some say one instance won't scare them away, others aren't taking their chances.

"By being a mom, I don;t want to have this type of stuff happening around my child," says one Azalea Woods resident.

Tenants agree that the shooting was out of the norm, but still worry about the impact on the kids.

"They don't know and something like that could traumatize them," says Jackson.

"Just put the guns away," says another Azalea Woods resident. "A bullet doesn't have a name on it."

The community now hopes the violence in their neighborhood, and the place they call home, doesn't happen again.

Valdosta Police say the shooter is still at large.


By: Amy Robinson | WCTV Eyewitness News
July 7, 2017

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- The Valdosta Police Department is investigating a shooting near the campus of Valdosta State University.

At 1:32 p.m. Friday, police responded to the 800 block of W. Mary Street for a report of a shooting.

The scene is just off campus near VSU's Athletic Field House.

Police say the incident appears to have resulted from an isolated dispute between the shooter and a victim. The dispute reportedly began outside of an apartment and continued inside, where the victim was shot.

The shooting victim was taken to a local hospital in stable condition.

Police say the shooting suspect fled the scene on foot. He is described as an African American male, approximately 20 years old.

Citizens are being asked to avoid the area and report any suspicious activity to 911.

The scene remains taped off as police investigate.

This is a developing story. We will bring you more information as it becomes available.