On Monday, December 14, 2015 at around 12:00PM, Bibb County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Jones was on his way to Harrison Road to follow up on a previous call when his patrol vehicle’s license plate reader alerted on a 1999 Plymouth Voyager. The Plymouth was traveling in the opposite direction of his patrol vehicle on Columbus Road. The license plate reader gave information to the deputy that the license plate on the vehicle was stolen.

Deputy Jones turned around to make a traffic stop on the Plymouth. The driver of the Plymouth turned onto Ebenezer Church Road, towards Mercer University Drive. As the vehicle stopped at Mercer University Drive, the driver traveled across Mercer University Drive towards Shadow Wood West Apartments. Deputy Jones entered the apartment complex’s drive behind the Plymouth and initiated a traffic stop on the Plymouth. The driver, a black male, exited the vehicle and began walking away from the vehicle. Deputy Jones told the driver to stop. The driver refused to stop and started running away from Deputy Jones. The deputy chased the suspect on foot through the apartment complex into some shrubbery around the apartments. Deputy Jones reported hearing a metal clinking noise in the shrubbery where the male was hiding.

The male emerged from the brush at the opposite end and again refused to comply with the deputy’s commands. Deputy Jones deployed his taser and was able to get the male cuffed. The male was identified as 42 year old Thomas Daniel Bacon Jr., from Macon. Deputy Jones and another deputy checked the shrubbery where Deputy Jones had heard the metal clinking noise, where the suspect had been, and found a .380 caliber pistol. Along with the pistol were several small bags of powdered cocaine.

Bacon was transported to the Navicent to be checked out for his blood pressure. He was released from the care of the Navicent and transported by deputies to the Law Enforcement Complex. Bacon is charged with theft by receiving stolen property, willful obstruction of a law enforcement officer, trafficking cocaine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and abandonment of a controlled substance/drugs. Bond was denied for Bacon. He remains in the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center.