Air unit shows APD officer swim in Tatum Lake to arrest fleeing suspect
It is not often that we see police officers swim after a fleeing suspect, but when it comes to APD officers, bad guys are on notice that the water escape won’t save them. On August 25th, 2022, officers observed a Dodge Charger that was confirmed stolen out of Atlanta on August 24, 2022.
The driver had previously eluded several officers on Martin Luther King Blvd., but with the assistance of APD’s Aviation Unit, the vehicle was located and tracked from the air. At some point, the driver got out of the vehicle and fled on foot into the woods along Tatum Lake.
The fleeing suspect then decided that his best escape option was to jump into the lake and swim away from officers. Seeing this, the officers quickly removed their duty belts and promptly jumped into the lake, and continued their pursuit of the suspect. Officers caught up to the suspect and successfully detained him before he could reach the shore.
The swimmer suspect was later identified as Jetarvius Q. Thompson (D.O.B. 10/2001). He was arrested and charged with Reckless Driving, Fleeing and Eluding, Obstruction, Theft by Receiving Stolen Vehicle, Driving While Unlicensed, and Possession of Tools for the commission of a crime.
Thompson had a warrant on an Atlanta Police murder charge from 2017 (18SC159758) involving gun violence and another warrant for cruelty to children. This was yet another significant arrest by team APD. The city is safer with this dangerous suspect off the streets.
When it comes to keeping the City of Atlanta safe, APD officers are the best in law enforcement. Notice to criminals: If you come to this city to commit a crime, understand that by air, land, and water, APD officers will use every resource to track you down and arrest you. We want to thank the APD Air Unit and the brave quick-thinking officers for bringing this suspect to justice.