Deyon Montrez Dupree
Photo: Clayton County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Clayton County Sheriff's Office

Man accused of child molestation found hiding in abandoned van

A man wanted out of Clayton County on a child molestation charge was taken into custody this week after he was found hiding in an abandoned van.

Sheriff’s deputies tracked Deyon Montrez Dupree, 40, of Jonesboro, to a parking lot in Riverdale on Monday night. Investigators were aware Dupree had previously threatened to take his own life if authorities tried to bring him in, according to the Clayton County sheriff’s office.

“When they commanded Dupree to come out, he began to cut both of his wrists with a box cutter,” a sheriff’s spokesman said in a public advisory. “Dupree cut a 3-inch wound on one arm and a 4-inch wound on his other arm.”

Deputies broke out the van’s windows and pulled the man from the vehicle to address his wounds, the spokesman said. They applied tourniquets to stop the bleeding until EMS arrived.

During Dupree’s arrest, a sheriff’s deputy’s hand was cut. The deputy required stitches.

Authorities had been looking for Dupree since Friday, when warrants were issued for his arrest. He previously pleaded guilty to child cruelty in another jurisdiction, according to the sheriff’s office.

In the Clayton County case, “police investigators found that the child had been molested several times,” the sheriff’s office said. “The details of the molestation were horrific. Investigators were also able to obtain a tape recording of Dupree admitting to some of his horrific acts.”

He is being held in the county jail on charges of child molestation and sodomy, jail records show. 

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