Inmate who escaped work detail

in December recaptured in Lilburn

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A county inmate who escaped from a work detail in December was arrested Saturday after a deputy spotted him driving in Lilburn.

Deyvi Apolinario, 22, was driving with his girlfriend on Indian Trail Road when Deputy Hendryx Colon recognized him. Colon, who was traveling in his personal vehicle, followed the car until Gwinnett Police could catch up and arrest Apolinario.

The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department had been investigating Apolinario's whereabouts since he disappeared from a work detail at the Gwinnett Justice Administration Center in Lawrenceville on Dec. 6, said department spokeswoman Stacey Kelley. Investigators learned early on that Apolinario fled to his homeland, the Dominican Republic. It is not known when he returned to the U.S.

Apolinario was convicted Oct. 28 of violating his probation on a charge of possession of tools for the commission of a crime. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison followed by 12 months in work release.

Man shot in arm after argument

while driving on Interstate 85

•NORCROSS - A 19-year-old Gainesville man was shot in the arm Saturday while riding in a car on Interstate 85 North.

Terry Maddos and four of his friends were at Jimmy Carter Ballroom at 4875 Jimmy Carter Blvd. about 2:30 a.m. when they got into an argument with a group of unidentified black men in the parking lot. Maddos and his friends quickly left the area when one of the other men pulled out a handgun, according to a police report.

A black, four-door Honda followed their vehicle. After Maddos and his friends turned onto I-85, the Honda pulled alongside them near Indian Trail Road and fired several gunshots in their direction. Maddos was struck in the forearm.

Maddos was treated for a non life-threatening injury at Gwinnett Medical Center.

Man claims neighbor slashed tires,

set house on fire following argument

•DULUTH - A Duluth man is accused of slashing a neighbor's tires and then trying to set the neighbor's Valley Ridge Drive house on fire.

The neighbor told police he went out with a man known as "Tommy" on Sunday to a nightclub in Decatur. Tommy, who rents a room from a nearby homeowner, was reportedly being obnoxious and slapping women on the behind, so the two men were asked to leave.

After arriving home, they argued and parted ways. Later, the victim went outside to find his tires had been slashed. He confronted Tommy, who allegedly became angry and swung at him with a knife, cutting the neighbor's hand.

The neighbor escaped inside, but he went back out a few minutes later and discovered the left side of his house had been set on fire. He was able to douse the flames with a garden hose. Police are still investigating the incident.

- From staff reports