The chances are slim that a car reported stolen in Augusta might show up that same day on the streets of Brunswick.
But that is why police officers like Brunswick’s Corey Seawell pay close attention when an alert is issued to be on the lookout, or BOLO as it is known in police lingo.
Seawell’s attention to detail led to the arrest late Sunday night of a 20-year-old Brunswick man, whom Augusta authorities allege killed a man during an armed robbery that was discovered earlier in the day in that city. Richmond County Sheriff’s Office detectives said Ri’Chard Bryant fatally stabbed Damian Jenkins, 40, during a robbery inside the man’s Augusta home Sunday. Bryant then allegedly stole Jenkins’ 2012 Mazda3 and drove to Brunswick, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office report.
Deputies issued a BOLO for the stolen car shortly after deputies discovered Jenkins’ body inside his Mill Street home at 5:34 p.m. Sunday while responding to a previous burglary complaint, the report said. According to Brunswick Police, Seawell recognized the stolen car around 11:30 p.m., parked at the gas pump at the Friendly’s Express at the the corner of Gloucester Street and U.S. Highway 17.
Seawell had seen the Mazda3 during his shift Saturday night, thinking it looked suspicious then. However, the vehicle had not yet been reported stolen. Recognizing it this time as the vehicle from the BOLO, Seawell pulled into the parking lot.
When Bryant saw Seawell, Bryant allegedly walked to the driver’s side door and reached inside the open window. Seawell then drew his police firearm and took Bryant into custody, the report said.
A second man ran from the vehicle, but Seawell remained with Bryant, the report said. Seawell issued a description of the second suspect to fellow officers, but the man was not found.
Bryant went to jail on charges of felony theft by receiving stolen property, possession of less than an ounce of pot, violation of probation and driving without a license.
Bryant also was held for Richmond County authorities, who were notified that the stolen vehicle had been recovered. Responding deputies later found evidence that allegedly tied Bryant to the murder and robbery of Jenkins, Brunswick Police Chief Kevin Jones said.
“With that being from outside of Glynn County, we always take down the information (on a BOLO),” Jones said. “But we don’t always think we will come across the vehicle or think it would turn up in our area. But for officer Seawell to remember seeing it, and thinking it was suspicious and then getting the BOLO, it led to a murder arrest in another jurisdiction. That’s the best outcome you could hope for.”
Richmond County detectives said Jenkins died of a single stab wound. The charges pending from that agency include murder, armed robbery and possession of a knife in the commission of a crime. Bryant remains in the Glynn County Detention Center.
The Richmond sheriff’s office sent Seawell a letter of commendation and thanks. More commendations are coming for Seawell from his own department, as well as a gift card, Jones said.
“That was just outstanding police work by officer Seawell,” Jones said.