Person of interest questioned on Forrest Rd. murder

By Laurie Bernstein - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Poking around bushes and overturning furniture, detectives examined the crime scene at the corner of Forrest Road and Lansing Drive Thursday morning, trying to determine the chain of events that led to the murder of 30-year-old Jarvis Sanks.

Investigators believe Sanks was with 30-year-old Ronald Coleman Wednesday night, when they met up with a third man, whose identity is still unknown.

Police say the three got into a fight over drugs, and the third man fired at least three shots, hitting both Sanks and Coleman.

Sanks collapsed on the ground in front of a house on Lansing Drive; when paramedics got to the scene, they couldn't revive him.

According to police reports, Coleman, the other man that was hit, managed to get into his 2001 silver Buick LeSabre, and drive off down Forrest Road.

With his injuries, he didn't get very far before veering into the wrong lane near Urban Avenue and hitting two cars, one of them head on.

Coleman and the two drivers, 18-year-old Willie Allen Jr. and 17-year-old Rosaleen Hart, were all taken to the hospital; Coleman is still listed in critical condition, while the others were treated and released.

After a day of investigating, police do have a person of interest in custody.

38 year old Suquorey Pitts was arrested Thursday on outstanding warrants of robbery, aggravated assault and battery stemming from charges unrelated to this murder case.

Police are only interviewing him at this time, and he has not been charged with the murder of Jarvis Sanks or the shooting of Ronald Coleman.

This is Columbus' 25th murder of the year, which puts the above 2007's count of 24.

Five people have been murdered in a two week period.

Stay tuned to News Leader Nine for the latest information in this case.