WTVM/WXTX Special Report: The Takedown 2: Area's Most Wanted

William Campbell cold case
Murder victim Diane Norman
Murder victim Diane Norman
M&N Package Story robbery suspect
M&N Package Story robbery suspect
Murder victim William Campbell
Murder victim William Campbell


COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM/WXTX) - Columbus Police Department need your help in finding the most wanted people in Columbus. News Leader 9's Semone Doughton brings more details on the 'Takedown 2.'

Murder of Andy Phillip

On Oct. 9, 2013, the body of Andy Phillip was found inside his car with a gunshot wound. And now nearly three years later his killer is still at large.

It was a brutal murder that shocked a local neighborhood.30-year- old Andy Phillip shot dead just feet from his home near Branton Woods Drive.

Police say Phillip's body was found around midnight inside his 1997 Mazda Protege slumped over the steering wheel.

"His vehicle was parked on the side of the road. The passenger door was open; his body was half in and half out of the vehicle. His legs were basically on the curb. He was laid on his back facing up," Amanda Hogan stated.

Amanda Hogan is the detective who was investigating the murder when it happened over a year ago.

Today the case has gone cold, but police are still looking the person responsible for that fatal shooting.

"We definitely know that happened, based off the phone records. Somebody contacted him and they wanted to meet with him. Of course, he did and then after that it's just kind of blank, and that's where you come in; The slightest details you can offer police may be what they need to make an arrest," Hogan said.

Murder of Diane Norman

This homicide case that happened on July 31, 2010 around 5:30 a.m. That's when the body of Diane Norman was discovered lying on the ground with a fatal gunshot wound. Today that case has gone cold but with your help police can finally bring her killer to justice.

It was on the corner of Garden Drive and 25th Avenue where the body of Diane Norman was found lying here with a gunshot wound. It's a homicide case that still has police baffled.

"Officers responded to the intersection of Garden and 25th Avenue and they found a young lady over here laying in the road over here suffering from a gunshot wound. When they found her she was lifeless," Sgt. Michael Dahnke said.

That woman was later identified as 49-year- old Diane Norman. According to Cold Case-Homicide Detective Michael Dahnke, the key to finding Norman's killer lies within this community.

"We know that for a fact in this residential neighborhood that someone seen something. We came back here and there's a lot of folks that walk throughout here in the middle of the night at the same time when this incident occurred," Dahnke stated.

Since Norman's death, early 5 years ago, no one has come forward with information police can use to solve this case, but that's where you come in.

Any information that can help police piece together what happened that day could be vital to their investigation.But with or without the public help, police will continue to look for Norman's killer.

Dahnke continued, "We never give up! Never! A lot of people think we may but we don't, trust me."

'Shotgun bandit'

This case exposes a local thief who robs area businesses at gunpoint as well as the customers inside.

They call him the shotgun bandit and he's responsible for robbing several businesses in the Columbus area.

He's earned quite the reputation as a shotgun touting threat and the man Columbus police are searching for.

Police say this robbery suspect is responsible for holding up three Family Dollar Stores, a Subway restaurant and a Waffle House. The first robbery happened in December 2014.

"He came in carrying a shotgun, a sawed-off shotgun. He found the clerk and he carried her to the register and took and undetermined amount of money from the cash register, said a few words to the clerk and then he disappeared into the night," Sgt. Drew Tyner said.

Sgt Tyner, with the Columbus Police Department is investigating this case and desperately needs your help.

"Always wearing a mask, a hoodie and carrying a sawed-off shotgun," Sgt. Tyner stated.

There's something else, according to Sgt. Tyner that makes this ‘hold-up man' unique.

Tyner continued, "He reportedly having said to the customers, I'm sorry, I don't mean to rob you but I have children I have to take care of. He was very apologetic when he was robbing the customers there."

But it's this man police say plays an important role in this investigation. He's seen in a surveillance video walking out of the Family Dollar Store on Macon Road minutes before the robbery happened.

"When he came out of the store, the robbery suspect entered the store a short time after that. We think he may have come in contact with this guy maybe in the parking lot or seen the suspect as he was putting on his mask," Tyner stated

The police would like to get this man identified and talk with him to see if he may have seen something in the parking lot prior to the robbery suspect entering the store.

Murder of Robert Brooks

At a home on Gleason Avenue, the body of 20-year-old Robert Brooks was found shot to death.

This happened on Gleason Avenue on Aug. 8, 2014. A neighborhood was awakened by gunfire when the smoke cleared 20-year-old Robert Marael Brooks was dead.

Sgt. Drew Tyner with the Columbus Police Department has been working this case since the beginning.

Even though no arrests have been made, he's leaving no stone un-turned during his investigation.

"Witnesses told us that at the time of the shooting a red vehicle was seen stopping in the street right in front of the house. Two black males stepped out of the car, the driver and a front seat passenger stepped out and both started to fire weapons into the direction of this house, Sgt. Drew Tyner stated."

According to Tyner, the same night as the shooting that took the life of Brooks hours earlier there was another shooting not far from Brook's home. Whether the two are connected is still unknown, but what is known, is that this home was the intended target of someone who wanted to send a message.

"The shooting of this house was intentional. Whether the death of Mr. Brooks was intentional in that particular shooting we're not sure but we do believe the shooting of the house was intentional and it was intended to carry a message," Tyner said.

Murder of Brittany Jenkins

The body of a young woman shot in the back was the Best Western Hotel on Nov. 23, 2013.

Moments later, the victim was identified as 25-year-old Brittany Jenkins of East Point, Georgia located Southwest of Atlanta.

Since that tragic shooting nearly two years ago, no one has been arrested for her murder.

"The case has been transferred to the cold case unit. So basically, we're looking for help from anybody who might have been at the business when the incident occurred," Sgt. Michael Dahnke says.

Detective Michael Dahnke with Columbus Police, Cold Case and Homicide Division says investigators are still working around the clock to solve this case.

But says things could progress a little quicker with help from the public. Dahnke also says the smallest details you may have, may be just what police need to make an arrest.

"It's huge, because they don't know what we know, so it could be the information that can fill that plug in that hole and lead us to an arrest," Dahnke said.

By coming forward with information police can use, you'd be giving a grieving family the closure they've been longing for and the victim the justice she deserves.

If you have any information regarding these cases please contact Columbus Police at (706) 653-3100.

M&N Package Story robbery suspect 

Police tell us this dangerous man walked into the M-&-N Package store on Cusseta Road armed with a gun demanding money out of the cash register. 

"He demanded ‘give me all the money,' at that time the owner opened the cash register and stepped away back from the cash register, the armed suspect jumped up on the cash register and squatted down,” said Officer Paul Moody with the Columbus Police Department. “And at that time he switched the gun from his right hand to his left hand continued pointing the pistol at the owner with his left hand and with his right hand he pulled out the money."

Police say once he had the money, he went to the door where another man - also with a gun – left the scene on foot. 

The man at the door was wearing a green camo shirt and orange camo pants. The man who went inside the store demanding money was wearing a black T-shirt with a blue bandana on his face. 

He had tattoos on his left hand his arm his left forearm and he had tattoos on his right forearm. He was also wearing bright colored shoes with pink shoelaces. 

If you recognize the two men in these surveillance photos, call police at (706) 653-3188. You can also log on to iSolveCrime.com

Remember, there is a reward offered for information that will lead to an arrest.

William Campbell cold case

It's a murder case that still has police searching for a killer.

Nearly eight years ago, the body of 71-year-old William Clyde Campbell was found shot to death inside his truck at the Fat Boys Farmers Market on Veterans Parkway.

It's a cold case police will never stop investigating.

Police found Campbell slumped over in the seat of a truck with a gunshot wound. Campbell died at the scene.

"He didn't deserve this, no way, he didn't deserves to go the way he went," said D. Williams, Campbell's son-in-law.

Even though he doesn't want his face revealed, Williams has come forward to talk about the man he grew to love as a father and the aftermath of his tragic death.

"I've seen the man go out and borrow money to help somebody and never get a dime of it back and didn't care," Williams said. "He was just that type of Christian."

Williams describes his father-in-law as a man who loved to help people.

Nicknamed "Hogman" Campbell had three children and a wife he left behind.

Williams says Campbell visited the market frequently to pick up bad produce to take to his hog farm, but all that came to a tragic end on June 7, 2006.

"My wife and I still have trouble with it. There is not a day that goes by that we don't just tear up. They miss him...I miss him."

Officer Deborah Whitley with the Columbus Police Department wants this case solved and the person or persons responsible brought to justice.

"It doesn't matter how old the case is. Those cases still need to be solved. There's still a piece of the puzzle that's missing in order to solve the case."

It's those pieces police are still looking for.

When Campbell's body was discovered inside his truck his wallet and money was still with him, which police say rules out robbery.

"Something that you may not think is important maybe exactly what we need to close that case," Cpl. Whitley said.

"If anybody knows anything please come forward, call the detectives here at the police department, because if it happens to your family, which I don't want to happen to nobody else family," Williams said. "I don't want to see nobody else go through what we've been going through."

Even though this crime happened several years ago police are still actively searching for the person or persons responsible.

If you remember anything about this case that can help police make an arrest you are asked to call (706) 653-3400.

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