Police charge Eagle Village suspect after year long search

Darrion Banks

Tahjz Michael Irving, 22, was arrested on Oct. 7 in Clayton County and charged with robbery, simple battery, burglary, criminal trespassing and kidnapping for an incident that occurred last November in Eagle Village during homecoming.

Police in Bulloch County had been unable to pinpoint the suspect’s whereabouts before his arrest but used technology to aid in his arrest.

“We entered him into GCIC (Georgia Crime Information Center), which is the crime information computer [database],” Chief Michael Russell, director of public safety, said.

The break came this week when Irving was arrested on charges in Clayton County, where police found that he was wanted in Bulloch County on other charges through the database. He has since been transferred to the Bulloch County Jail.

“Once he’s here, he’ll be treated just like any other arrest. We’ll question him. He’ll be eligible for bond. Of course, that’s up to the judge whether he gets bond or not,” Russell said.

In a fit of rage over an altercation that occurred between Irving’s sister and another Georgia Southern University student, the suspect forced his way into an Eagle Village dorm and brutalized a male individual he thought started an argument with his sister, Russell said.

“He ended up forcing his way into an Eagle Village dorm room and roughed up the guy he either knew or thought got into the altercation with his sister,” Russell said.

The suspect also took property from the residence, including a cellphone.