off-duty Brookhaven police officer is being credited with arresting an
armed convicted felon suspected in a string of car break-ins in the city.
Kelley, 25, is being held in the DeKalb County Jail on charges of theft
of stolen property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
He also is a person of interest in numerous entering automobile cases throughout Brookhaven.
The police department credits Officer Usman Latif for making the arrest.
Latif was on his way home from work early Monday
when two residents flagged him down. The residents told the off-duty
officer they spotted a suspicious person on
a bicycle who was entering residents’ yards and driveways in the
neighborhood near Chamblee Dunwoody Road and Nancy Creek Drive. Usman
then searched the area, found Kelley and summoned backup after learning the suspect was wanted by the Georgia State
Board of Pardons and Paroles for violating his parole.
searched the suspect’s bicycle bag and found a .357-caliber revolver
and numerous stolen items, including cell phones, iPods, cameras and
of the items match descriptions of belongings recently reported as
stolen from vehicles in Brookhaven.
investigation is ongoing and detectives anticipate filing additional
charges. Police encourage residents to report all break-ins and stolen
property, even if
they do not have a serial number.
Latif will be honored with a letter of commendation Tuesday at the Brookhaven City Council meeting at 7 p.m.
Latif demonstrated a high level of professionalism and dedication to
duty,” Lt. Juan Grullon said. “His work reflects upon the Brookhaven
and his actions will prevent this suspect from being a further threat
to the Brookhaven community.”
This report was prepared by the city and edited for publication.