3 arrested after spate of robberies, shootings in Clayton County

Three Jonesboro men were booked into the Clayton County Jail and face charges related to a recent series of violent crimes along Tara Boulevard.
Three Jonesboro men were booked into the Clayton County Jail and face charges related to a recent series of violent crimes along Tara Boulevard.

Credit: AJC File

Credit: AJC File

Three Jonesboro men were arrested and accused in a series of robberies and shootings in Clayton County, including a fatal incident that led to a murder charge, according to officials.

Recent investigations by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office and Jonesboro Police Department resulted in the arrests, which stem from unrelated incidents.

Diondre Tramaine Bickley, 23, was arrested Monday and charged with murder, according to an announcement from Clayton Sheriff Victor Hill. A warrant for Bickley’s arrest was issued Sunday night after Jonesboro police and Clayton deputies responded to a person shot call at an extended stay motel in the 8000 block of Tara Boulevard, Hill said.

According to the initial investigation, two men had gotten into a fight that led to one of them being shot in the neck. The injured man died at the scene.

The other man, later identified by Jonesboro police detectives as Bickley, was not at the scene when officers arrived. He was found and taken into custody Monday, Hill said. He was booked into the Clayton County Jail, where he remains without bond, online records show.

Clayton deputies also arrested two men on charges related to a string of recent robberies.

Jody Jacob Johnson, 19, was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with 14 counts in connection with the crimes, Hill said. Johnson was wanted for his role in five robberies and three shootings within the past two weeks around the Tara Hill Apartments complex, which is also in the 8000 block of Tara Boulevard, Hill said.

According to an investigation by the Jonesboro police, the suspect would hold victims at gunpoint, take their phones and use CashApp to transfer money into his own account. At the request of Jonesboro police, Clayton deputies surveilled Johnson’s apartment building and detained him while police executed a search warrant at his home. They found evidence in the apartment linking Johnson to the crimes, and he later confessed, Hill said.

Lajarvis Askew, 38, was arrested and charged as an accomplice in one of the robberies, Hill said. Askew is facing five charges, including two counts of armed robbery.

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