Originally created 03/09/02

Man confesses to robberies, killing



GARDEN CITY, Ga. - Savannah's "most wanted," caught this week in Florida, told FBI agents from Savannah that he committed half a dozen bank robberies and a homicide, authorities said.

Dwayne Jamae Jackson, 24, was arrested early Monday after a domestic dispute with his girlfriend in a north Jacksonville motel room. FBI agents from Savannah interviewed him Tuesday and briefed Garden City Detective Sgt. Stephen Stratman.

"He confessed to six bank robberies and to murder," Sgt. Stratman said.

Mr. Jackson is suspected of shooting Michael Mayes to death March 20 in Garden City, near Savannah, over a $10,000 drug debt.

Mr. Jackson also is suspected of committing five bank robberies in the Savannah area since August and a mid-January bank robbery in Marietta. The robbery suspect wore different disguises each time.

Police say crack cocaine might have been the leading motive in the robberies.

Savannah police, FBI agents and the U.S. Marshal Service had been looking for him for months.

The FBI called Mr. Jackson Savannah's "most wanted" last week.

The FBI's evidence will be presented to a federal grand jury for indictment, said William Kirkconnell, the senior supervisory agent in charge of the FBI's Savannah office.

A second person, not in custody, might face charges for having a role in some of the Savannah bank robberies, Agent Kirkconnell said. He wouldn't release the name.

Authorities haven't recovered any money from the robberies. Mr. Jackson's property has been secured and will be searched to see if it can be linked to the bank robberies or the homicide.

Mr. Jackson is being held in the Duval County jail pending extradition to Chatham County.