J.D. Capelouto

Breaking News Reporter

J.D. writes breaking news stories for the AJC, focusing mostly on topics of crime, law, public safety and other miscellaneous news. He is a graduate of Boston University and has previously written for The Boston Globe, Boston.com and the Thomson Reuters Foundation. He is also a former AJC intern.

Latest from J.D. Capelouto

Man shot in foot inside southwest Atlanta mall after ‘altercation’
 A man was shot in the foot inside The Mall West End in southwest Atlanta on Wednesday afternoon, police said. The 18-year-old victim, who suffered injuries that are not considered life-threatening, told officers he got into an “altercation” with several other people inside the mall about 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, Atlanta...

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A man was shot in the foot inside The Mall West End in southwest Atlanta on Wednesday afternoon, police said. The 18-year-old victim, who suffered injuries that are not considered life-threatening, told officers he got into an “altercation” with several other people inside the mall about 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, Atlanta...
Bomb threats targeting metro Atlanta part of nationwide scare
 Multiple businesses and government buildings across the metro Atlanta area were the targets of emailed bomb threats Thursday afternoon, police said, believed to be in line with hoaxes that were received in cities across the country. Agencies in Atlanta, as well as Cobb, Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, investigated the validity of the threats...

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Multiple businesses and government buildings across the metro Atlanta area were the targets of emailed bomb threats Thursday afternoon, police said, believed to be in line with hoaxes that were received in cities across the country. Agencies in Atlanta, as well as Cobb, Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, investigated the validity of the threats...
Canadian man faces 16 years in prison for flying to Atlanta to have sex with teen
 A Canadian man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison and supervised release for the rest of his life for flying to have sex with a Marietta teenager last year, prosecutors said Thursday. Yves Joseph Legault, 54, of Ontario, pleaded guilty in September to enticing a child to engage in sexual activity online, according to a statement...

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A Canadian man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison and supervised release for the rest of his life for flying to have sex with a Marietta teenager last year, prosecutors said Thursday. Yves Joseph Legault, 54, of Ontario, pleaded guilty in September to enticing a child to engage in sexual activity online, according to a statement...
Police ID young woman found dead on walking trail near Stone Mountain
 A young woman’s body was found on a  walking trail near a DeKalb County neighborhood park Wednesday afternoon, police said. DeKalb police’s homicide unit is investigating and foul play is suspected, spokesman Sgt. J.D. Spencer told AJC.com. They believe the victim was shot on the trail, not far from the Mainstreet playground outside...

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A young woman’s body was found on a walking trail near a DeKalb County neighborhood park Wednesday afternoon, police said. DeKalb police’s homicide unit is investigating and foul play is suspected, spokesman Sgt. J.D. Spencer told AJC.com. They believe the victim was shot on the trail, not far from the Mainstreet playground outside...
Man in custody after allegedly stealing from Salvation Army bell-ringer
 In a case police likened to the Grinch stealing Christmas, a man has been arrested after he allegedly stole the belongings of a Salvation Army bell-ringer in Milton. Surveillance video taken the day after Thanksgiving shows a man walking away with the backpack, which was right inside the doors of a Walmart on Windward Parkway, Channel 2 Action...

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In a case police likened to the Grinch stealing Christmas, a man has been arrested after he allegedly stole the belongings of a Salvation Army bell-ringer in Milton. Surveillance video taken the day after Thanksgiving shows a man walking away with the backpack, which was right inside the doors of a Walmart on Windward Parkway, Channel 2 Action...
3 men found guilty of murdering man in North Fulton in 2016
 Three metro Atlanta men were found guilty of murder Wednesday in the death of a 21-year-old man in Alpharetta in 2016, officials said. The men — Michael Jamar Dawson of Lithonia, Dontravious Mahone of Riverdale and Jemal Gines of Decatur — were each convicted of murdering Kadarius Cortez Medlock, the news station reported...

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Three metro Atlanta men were found guilty of murder Wednesday in the death of a 21-year-old man in Alpharetta in 2016, officials said. The men — Michael Jamar Dawson of Lithonia, Dontravious Mahone of Riverdale and Jemal Gines of Decatur — were each convicted of murdering Kadarius Cortez Medlock, the news station reported...
Roswell police chief to retire months after city approves external review of department
 The Roswell police chief announced Wednesday he is leaving his post at the end of the year, months after several of his officers became the subjects of misconduct investigations. Rusty Grant, who has been the chief since 2013, is retiring effective Dec. 30. Captain Helen Dunkin is set to become the interim chief. “The Roswell Police...

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The Roswell police chief announced Wednesday he is leaving his post at the end of the year, months after several of his officers became the subjects of misconduct investigations. Rusty Grant, who has been the chief since 2013, is retiring effective Dec. 30. Captain Helen Dunkin is set to become the interim chief. “The Roswell Police...
UPDATE: Man pleads guilty to shooting roommate in SW Atlanta, dumping body in Alabama
 A man  pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his roommate  in southwest Atlanta in 2014, sending a picture of the body to a friend and dumping it in Alabama, Fulton County prosecutors said Wednesday. Teon Graham, 26, was sentenced to life in prison on a number of charges, including murder and concealing a death. Graham confessed to shooting...

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A man pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his roommate in southwest Atlanta in 2014, sending a picture of the body to a friend and dumping it in Alabama, Fulton County prosecutors said Wednesday. Teon Graham, 26, was sentenced to life in prison on a number of charges, including murder and concealing a death. Graham confessed to shooting...
18-year-old wanted in deadly NW Georgia shooting
 Rome police are searching for a suspect they believe shot and killed a man in a motel parking lot Tuesday night. Investigators obtained arrest warrants for 18-year-old Cody Deangelo Thompson on charges of murder and felony murder,  Rome police said Wednesday in a statement. Authorities were called to the parking lot at Cottis Inn on...

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Rome police are searching for a suspect they believe shot and killed a man in a motel parking lot Tuesday night. Investigators obtained arrest warrants for 18-year-old Cody Deangelo Thompson on charges of murder and felony murder, Rome police said Wednesday in a statement. Authorities were called to the parking lot at Cottis Inn on...
Grandfather of 8 shot, killed on southwest Atlanta street
 A 60-year-old grandfather was gunned down on a southwest Atlanta street Saturday night, police said. Officers found Kirk Dorsey lying on the sidewalk in the 2000 block of Childress Drive about 10 p.m., Atlanta police spokesman Officer Jarius Daugherty told AJC.com. He was unresponsive with a gunshot wound, and was pronounced dead at the scene...

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A 60-year-old grandfather was gunned down on a southwest Atlanta street Saturday night, police said. Officers found Kirk Dorsey lying on the sidewalk in the 2000 block of Childress Drive about 10 p.m., Atlanta police spokesman Officer Jarius Daugherty told AJC.com. He was unresponsive with a gunshot wound, and was pronounced dead at the scene...
1 man killed, 1 injured in baseball bat attacks after being lured to Gwinnett apartment
 In two separate attacks, three people in Gwinnett County allegedly lured two men to an apartment complex, brutally assaulting one of them and beating the other to death. Police said the suspects, two brothers and a woman, hit the men with a baseball bat Friday and Sunday with the intention of robbing them. Glenda Carter, 20, Russell Williams...

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In two separate attacks, three people in Gwinnett County allegedly lured two men to an apartment complex, brutally assaulting one of them and beating the other to death. Police said the suspects, two brothers and a woman, hit the men with a baseball bat Friday and Sunday with the intention of robbing them. Glenda Carter, 20, Russell Williams...