Man with active homicide warrants arrested in West Point Saturday

Published 10:42 pm Monday, August 21, 2017

Arelious Haynes, 51, was arrested Saturday by the West Point Police Department for active homicide warrants from the Albany Police Department.

According to Lt. Cameron Mitchell, Haynes was found on the side of the road on Interstate 85 Northbound during a routine patrol.

“Basically, one of our patrol officers was on his patrol this weekend, and he saw a vehicle on the side of the road at I-85 northbound near mile marker 33, and he just stopped to check on it,” Mitchell said.

“When he ran the license and tag information, it came back that the subject had active warrants for homicide through Albany, Georgia. Our officers transported him to Troup County Jail.”

Mitchell said the Troup County Sheriff’s Office had arranged to return Haynes to the Albany Police Department.

Mitchell said arresting suspects with active warrants from other jurisdictions is fairly common.

“We have these situations where we don’t get [suspects] on the scene, the time of the incident. These people they leave, they drive [away]. They burnout a tail light, running the stop sign, speeding, no headlight, and we’ll pull them over for just that offense, and we’ll run their license, and it will come back with their subsequent warrants,” he said. “So, it happens all the time. All the time.”

Mitchell said that while finding suspects with warrants is a common part of their job, it is also one of the more dangerous aspects of patrol.

“That just goes to show you the danger of the routine contact with a pedestrian in a broken-down vehicle, that could have gone the other way,” he said. “It’s a very dangerous job that we do. We had no idea [it was Haynes].”