Barrow Co. men charged with construction site vandalism

Two Barrow County men have been arrested and charged with vandalism at a Gwinnett County construction site.


“Following the initial publication of this case, a substantial number of tips were received identifying the suspects responsible for the vandalism and property damage.

On the evening of March 27, officers visited the homes of the two suspects and placed them under arrest.

Cole Hemphill (age 19, Winder) and Jeremy Lynn Russ Jr. (age 20, Auburn) were transported to the Gwinnett County Jail. Each was charged with two counts of Theft by Taking, Loitering and Prowling, Entering Auto, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of Certain Felonies, Criminal Damage to Property 2nd Degree, and Criminal Attempt to Commit a Felony.

We appreciate the community’s support in helping us identify suspects responsible for crimes in Gwinnett County.”


“The Gwinnett County Police Department needs the public’s help identifying two suspects who vandalized a local construction site.

On March 18, an officer assigned to the East Precinct was dispatched to a property damage call at the Rowen construction site at Lawrence Road and Harbins Road in unincorporated Dacula. The officer met with the superintendent, who wanted to report the incident, which took place on March 17 at around 5:00 p.m.

In reviewing the surveillance footage, two suspects were seen on camera damaging windshield wipers from two excavators, spray painting, jamming a screwdriver into the seat of a construction vehicle, and stealing two SIM cards from a security camera.

The suspects are described as white males in their late teens or early twenties with slim builds. One of them may have had a handgun in his waistband.

If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770.513.5300.  To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404.577.TIPS (8477) or visit  Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.”