Teen suspect out on bond fails to show in court

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A teenage suspect whose quick release sparked criticism from the law enforcement community failed to show for a scheduled court appearance Friday, FOX 5 has learned.

 

Nineteen-year-old Demone Allen was supposed to appear for a preliminary hearing at the Fulton County Courthouse Friday morning, but court officials say Allen was a no-show.

 

This comes after Atlanta Police officers complained a judge went too soft on the teenager after they arrested him following a 5-hour manhunt.

 

In the August 31st incident, Atlanta Police officers chased and arrested Allen who they say had a handgun next to him when they took him into custody.

 

The incident began when a patrol officer got a hit on a vehicle that was listed as stolen.

 

That officer tried to pull over the 19-year-old motorist but he ran.

 

It took almost five hours but a squad of officers, including a K-9 officer, tracked down Allen. He was in and out of various Buckhead properties, rummaging through other vehicles, according to a police document.

 

One alert officer heard a noise in a shed. He and a second officer checked and found the suspect hiding. They said he had a .380 caliber handgun.

 

APD released bodycam video of the suspect before the trip to the Fulton County Jail.

 

But in just hours, Allen went before a judge and was able to get out on a signature bond.

 

How did that happen? Judge Holly Hughes made the decision after getting a background review report, according to Chief Judge Cassandra Kirk. In that report, there was no criminal adult history listed for Allen. It also showed he had a job.

 

Judge Kirk told FOX 5’s Morse Diggs Allen was deemed not to be a threat if he were let out on bond. However, Judge Kirk said Judge Hughes was not presented with all the facts from the weekend incident. Judge Hughes did not know that Atlanta officers found him in that Buckhead backyard with a weapon, according to the chief magistrate.

 

After Allen’s release, Atlanta Police Union Director Vince Champion said officers are frustrated by what they see as a revolving jail door.

 

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office has issued arrest warrants for Allen on charges he broke into vehicles in the Acworth area.

 

The crimes in Cherokee County took place on August 30th, the day before his arrest in Atlanta.

 

In the Cherokee County incident, deputies suspect the teenager of entering the vehicles of at least two victims in the Centennial Lakes subdivision during the daylight hours and stealing items including a laptop, a firearm and credit cards.

 

Investigators determined the stolen credit cards were used in Kennesaw and Atlantic Station, they were able to obtain images of the suspect.

 

According to a news release, Allen was released from the Fulton County Jail prior to Cherokee County investigators learning of his arrest in Atlanta.

 

Cherokee County investigators have charged Allen with Burglary, Entering Auto, Felony Theft by Taking, Misdemeanor Theft by Taking, Financial Card Theft and Financial Card Fraud. 

 

High ranking officials with the Atlanta Police Department told Diggs they are also investigating to see if Allen is responsible for a September 10th slider crime in the city. 

 

Cherokee County investigators describe Allen as a black male, 5'8", 145 pound with short black hair.

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