GCPD to Host Civilian Active Shooter Class – August 18, 6pm, GJAC

(Lawrenceville, Georgia) Over the past several months, the Gwinnett County Police Department has received several requests from residents and the media about a civilian active shooter class. In an effort to educate our community, we will be hosting a Civilian Active Shooter course on Thursday, August 18, at 6pm. The course will take place in the Gwinnett Justice and Administration auditorium located at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.

The course will be taught by the Crime Prevention Unit and will feature a curriculum guideline provided by Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training. No advanced sign-up is required. The course is open to everyone.

This course will be recorded by Gwinnett County Communications and will be available (at a later time) to those who are not able to attend. The program will appear on TVgwinnett, the county’s local government access cable channel, and on demand at www.tvgwinnett.com.

Suspect Robs and Sexually Assaults Two Victims in Tucker

(Tucker, Georgia) The Gwinnett County Police Department is seeking the public’s help in trying to locate a suspected robber. Curtis Earsell Dance (age 23, Tucker) is wanted in reference to two separate robberies and sexual batteries in July.

On the morning of July 21, the suspect entered an elderly (age 74) female victim’s home through a kitchen window and physically and sexually assaulted her as he dragged her through her home. The suspect stole cash and a laptop computer. (16-067394)

On the morning of July 25, the suspect entered the home of a female (age 58) victim, strangled her, ripped her clothing off, and sexually assaulted her. The suspect took jewelry from the victim before leaving. (16-068735)

The lead detective was able to link Curtis Dance to these crimes during the course of his investigation.

Curtis Earsell DanceCurtis Dance is facing the following charges:

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False Imprisonment
Sexual Battery
Simple Battery

Case # 16-068735
Aggravated Assault
False Imprisonment
Sexual Battery
Obstruction of a 911 Call

If anyone has any information to share in this case or knows of Curtis Dance’s whereabouts, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300.

To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. You can also text your tip to “Crimes” (274637).

Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Case Numbers: 16-067394 & 16-068735

Suspect Who Caused Swat Activation Wanted for Federal Hobbs Act Charges and Aggravated Assault

(Lilburn, Georgia) Gwinnett County Police have arrested 37 year old Shane Mattadeen after a three hour Swat standoff at 4119 Mayflower Court in Lilburn. Shortly before 1pm, a Gwinnett County Police Officer on patrol was approached by a woman who said she was having a problem with her son. The woman told the officer that last night her son put a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her. This morning, the suspect told his mother that he was going to kill her again. At that point, the mother left the location. She left at the home three children and her son’s girlfriend.

Realizing the urgency of the situation, police made efforts to make contact with the girlfriend through the suspect’s mother. The girlfriend informed the mother that she had left the location with the three children ages 20 months, 12 years and 13 years and went to a local restaurant. After police made physical contact with the girlfriend and children the Swat team was activated. A reverse 911 call was initiated inside of the subdivision to inform residents to shelter in place. Shortly thereafter, communication was established with the suspect and efforts began to negotiate his surrender.

Throughout negotiations, the suspect made numerous threats to commit suicide by cop. He also came to the front door, acted as if he was going to surrender and went back inside the home. We have since learned that the suspect is wanted for federal Hobbs Act charges and will face state charges as well for today’s incident.

Forged Checks Cashed in Buford

(Buford, Georgia) Do you know this woman? The Gwinnett County Police Department would like to. She is accused of cashing a forged, fake check for $3,450.00 at the SunTrust Bank inside a Buford Publix on April 1st at around 10:50 AM. No warrants have been issued because they have no idea who she is.



If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact the Electronic and Financial Crimes Unit at 770 513-5300.  To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404 577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org.  Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.  Case Number(s):  16-029673

GCPD to Host Summer Youth Police Academy, July 25-29

(Lawrenceville, Georgia) The Gwinnett County Police Department is proud to announce that we will be hosting our first-ever summer Youth Police Academy. The Youth Police Academy has been established to give teens interested in a career in law enforcement a behind-the-scenes look at how we make police officers. The GCPD Youth Police Academy is scheduled for July 25th – 29th, 2016. The Academy will be hosted at the Gwinnett County Police Training Center located at 854 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville.

The Youth Police Academy will include classroom instruction, team building, and character development. The topics will range from uniform patrol, criminal investigations, crime scene investigations, traffic stops, firearms safety, gangs and narcotics awareness. In addition to classroom instruction attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations of basic defensive tactics and crime scene processing. The academy will also include guided tours of police headquarters, the 911 Communications Center, and the jail. Other outdoor activities will include demonstrations from the Motors Unit, K9, Aviation, SWAT, and EOD.

Interested applicants will be required to handwrite an essay explaining why they are interested in attending the GCPD Youth Police Academy. The essay should be approximately 100 words. There will be a maximum of 30 students in the academy and preference will be given to Gwinnett County residents. Applicants must be at least 13 years old by the first day of academy and must not be older than 17 years old on the last day of academy.

For their attendance and hard work during the GCPD Youth Police Academy attendees will receive a Gwinnett County Police Department Youth Police Academy t-shirt, a GCPD water bottle, and a certificate of completion at graduation.

The completed packet must be mailed, faxed, or emailed to Sgt. Michael Marchese at the GCPD Training Center no later than Thursday, June 30th.

Link to YPA Packet (guidelines, waiver, and forms):


Teacher Charged With Sex With Student

Therese Gunn(Snellville, Georgia) — A teacher at South Gwinnett High School has been arrested and charged with Sexual Assault and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

Therese Gunn, 53, of Grayson was taken into custody after she turned herself into the Gwinnett County Jail on Friday, May 6th. She is accussed of having sexual relations with a 17-year old male student at South Gwinnett High School. The arrest stemed from a police report filed by a Snellville woman claiming Ms Gunn had been having a sexual relationship with her 17-year old son.

During the investigations police learned that sexual activity had occurred at the school, at the teacher’s home and at Lenora Park. It was also learned that the Ms Gunn had hosted a party at her Grayson home where she allowed the young man and two other female students to smoke marijuana with her.

Ms. Gunn bonded out of jail on Saturday, May 7th.

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