Rakheem Jerome Byrd was apprehended during a traffic stop off North Hill Street, between 6 and 7 p.m., Thursday. Spalding County Sheriff Wendell Beam said the deputy located the suspect in response to a BOLO or “be on look out” from Clayton County for the suspect in the torture and beating of the woman.
Lovejoy Police Chief Mark Harris said the suspect was found driving the woman’s car when he was pulled over. Harris said the deputy “did a good job, he had seen the report on TV and recognized the suspect.”
Byrd is accused of repeatedly beating the woman with a frying pan. Investigators found blood everywhere in the house and a frying pan with a large hole in the bottom, which police believe cracked after being repeatedly smashed on the woman’s head.
Byrd is charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment and theft by taking motor vehicle, “all felonies," Harris said, "and he remains housed in the Clayton County Detention Center.”