No Resource Spared Finding & Rescuing Kidnapping Victim

The Gwinnett County Police Department spared no resource in finding and rescuing a kidnapping victim yesterday afternoon.

Shortly before 1PM, officers assigned to the South Precinct were dispatched to a panic alarm call at a home on Cooper Lakes Drive in Grayson.  When officers arrived, they met with a frantic woman who said that her adult daughter (age 23) had just been abducted by her (daughter’s) boyfriend. 

The mother said that her daughter was in the process of breaking up with her boyfriend throughout the day.  They had been communicating via text.  While the daughter was upstairs in her bedroom, the mother said that the boyfriend, Tangelo Tafari Roberts (age 23, Loganville) pushed through the front door and went upstairs to the girlfriend’s room.  The couple began to argue. 

According to the mother, Tangelo pushed and grabbed her daughter forcing her outside of the home against her will.  The couple left in Tangelo’s blue Chevrolet Malibu. 

In an effort to locate the victim as quickly as possible, a team of uniform officers, detectives, undercover officers, and communications officers (911 Center) worked to ping the victim’s and suspect’s phones.  When the victim’s phone was pinging at an area off Ozora Road, the GCPD helicopter was used to search via air. 

Ultimately, surveillance was used to track down Tangelo in the area of Preserve Park Drive in unincorporated Loganville.  Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and took Tangelo into custody.  The victim was found unharmed and reunited with her family. 

The safety and security of the victim was our number one priority in this case.  The team of officers and civilians assigned to this investigation were relentless in acting swiftly in an effort to locate the young woman.  We are thankful that the victim was relatively unharmed during this ordeal. 

Tangelo Roberts was arrested and transported to the Gwinnett County Jail.  He has been charged with one count of Kidnapping and has no bond. 


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