A man accused of two separate rapes earlier this year has been indicted by an Emanuel County grand jury.
Johnny Lee Williams, 21 of a Garfield address, was taken into custody by Swainsboro Police Department in late January following an investigation into reports from two different victims.
The district attorney’s office presented the case, along with 10 others, for consideration last week, and the jurors returned 11 true bills altogether.
Williams’s charges include one count criminal attempt to commit a felony (rape), one count robbery, and one count rape.
His case will now move to Emanuel County Superior Court, unless he enters a plea agreement prior to reaching the docket.
The Crossroads Chronicle reported on these cases in a front-page story published February 16. As a recap:
Williams was accused in two separate incidents involving two different females. The alleged crimes happened less than three days apart.
Both females were, according to Swainsboro Police Chief Randy Ellison and Detective Ashley Riner, around 18- or 19-years-old.
The first incident took place at Harmon Park. Williams had befriended Victim 1 on social media. His profile reportedly used several different photos.
Victim 1 often visited Harmon Park after work and did so on the date of the incident. Williams proposed the two meet, but she declined. He showed up at the park anyway and pursued her. Chief Ellison and Riner alike stated they did not have enough evidence to charge him with rape in this instance; instead, he was charged with robbery by sudden snatching as he, in the tussle with Victim 1, stole her wallet.
Victim 1 was able to free herself from Williams and found an individual who was with her (but not in her direct vicinity) at the park that evening.
Williams then reportedly fled the park and went to nearby Mojo’s Wine & Spirits, where he asked an employee for a ride. The employee did not comply with the request, and Williams left the premises on foot.
Victim 1 filed a report about the incident, although she was unable to definitively provide his name due to the confusing nature of the social media profile. Nonetheless, she as well as the Mojo’s employee would come into play a few days later.
On January 28, Williams reappeared on law enforcement’s radar. A second victim reported to Emanuel Medical Center. There, she underwent a rape kit. Officers responded to the facility and spoke with Victim 2 and her grandmother. At this point, the investigative team learned Williams had, indeed, reportedly committed a rape.
This second victim was able to identify Williams by name and give officials information regarding his potential whereabouts. Additionally, the employee from Mojo’s was also able to positively identify him. Officials checked the store’s surveillance photos and matched Williams in that way as well.
Investigators responded to that location. Williams was apprehended, arrested, transported, and booked that same evening.
Victim 1 was then contacted by Swainsboro Police Department. Specifically, she was asked to come in and attempt to identify Williams in a 6-man line-up. Chief Ellison says the first victim was able to do so immediately.
He remained in jail from his January 28 arrest and has not been released to date.
Others indicted by the grand jury last week were:
• Nathaniel David (also known as Nathaniel Davis) on three counts aggravated assault and two counts possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. David/Davis is one of two defendants charged in the murder of Connie Mercer Webb, a Twin City woman, last fall. The alleged crime took place September 8 at a property she owned on Modoc Road being rented by him and his wife, LaShawna David.
• Andrew Jarrell Lillard on one count crossing guard lines with drugs, one count possession of meth, and one count theft by shoplifting.
• Michael Kelly Miller on one count aggravated assault (family violence).
• Walter Bradley Rabitsch on one count possession of a firearm by a first-offender probationer.
• Michael Anthony Scott on one count suspended license, one count operation of an unregistered vehicle, and one count improper display of a license plate.
• Gyasi Ryan Mitchell Sr. on one count possession of meth, one count possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, one count possession of marijuana (less than 1 ounce), and one count speeding.
• Stephen Howard Gilbert Jr. on one count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one count failure to maintain lane, and one count failure to change the address on his driver’s license.
• Shaun Robert Leonard on two counts first-degree burglary.
• Lavone Tyron Addison on one count possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, one count possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, one count discharging a gun near a highway or street, and one count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
• Rafael Demetrius Mack on one count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.