A local sex offender is behind bars after running from police last week.
Thirty-year-old Brian Jeffrey Davis of Columbus was arrested at 7:49 p.m. at the Wingate Hotel last Thursday after spending nearly all day running from police.
Davis is a registered sex offender after being found guilty of the 2003 attempted rape of a woman in North Carolina.
According to Mississippi law, sex offenders are supposed to register with their local law enforcement agency every 90 days. When Davis registered with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department, he provided a false address of 215 Evergreen Cove, which is located off of Hwy 12, near Loblolly Ln. Residents at 215 Evergreen told law enforcement officials that Davis had never lived there. A warrant for his arrest was then issued for failure to register as a convicted sex offender. Davis also had a warrant out for his arrest in Alabama for the same charge.
Davis, who is self employed as a “scratcher”, or a tattoo artist that tattoos without a license, has had numerous encounters with law enforcement over the years and has been arrested for charges ranging from attempted rape to kidnapping to burglary.
In October of 1998, Davis was arrested and charged with Escape-Forciable Rescue. Less than a year later, in May of 1999, he was arrested and charged with two counts of Grand Larceny, More Than $500 and Burglary-Breaking and Entering of a Dwelling. Davis was arrested three separate times in 2000 and charged with nine offences including Burglary-Commercial, Violation of Probation, Escape-Felony, Grand Larceny-More Than $500 and Driving Under the Influence.
In June of 2001, he was charged with eleven separate offences during one arrest. Those charges included Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Stolen Property, Failure to Obey a Police Officer and Suspended Driving License.
Davis was then arrested in April 2003 in Lowndes County for his role in an incident in North Carolina. In addition to being charged with Attempted Rape, he was also charged with Second Degree Kidnapping, Robbery, and Simple Assault/Battery. Davis was found guilty of all but the kidnapping charge, which was dismissed. Davis was convicted in September 2003 and ordered to serve a sentence of 64 to 86 months. He was released in May 2009.
After his 2009 release from North Carolina, he was arrested in Mississippi in 2010 for probation violation. He was then extradited back to North Carolina, where he served a nine-month sentence.
His next arrest occurred in December of 2011 when he was arrested for Disorderly Conduct. According to Packet 961, Davis and his wife, Tiffany, told officers they had been to the casino in Philadelphia when their car ran out of gas in front of Tina Watkins 45 gas station. When Tiffany entered the store she told cashiers that she had no memory of how she got there and asked them to call 911.
An ambulance was dispatched to the scene, as well as Columbus Police Department officers Josh Vandiver and Wade Beard.
While EMTs were tending to his wife, Davis began to object to The Packet being on scene and taking pictures. Davis became increasingly loud, spitting profanities and yelling “Don’t be taking my picture, b*tch.” Officer Vandiver instructed Davis to calm down and stop cussing, to which Davis responded, “I don’t give a f**k.” [At this point, Davis began taunting me, saying “Hey baby come here.” When I did not respond, Davis began to charge at me and had to be detained by officers. Once Davis was in handcuffs, he began yelling once again, screaming “Get a good mother f******* picture, b*tch, get a good mother f****** picture!” SF]
A week after his arrest at Tina Watkins, the home Davis shared with his wife and their two children caught fire, destroying all of their belongings.
In late May, E-911 received a phone call that someone had been hit by a car on Waverly Ferry Rd. When CPD Officers arrived, Davis was on scene and multiple witnesses identified him as the victim. However, when officers approached, Davis fled on foot into the neighboring woods. Officers gave chase but lost Davis in the darkness.
Days later, CPD officers responded to a disturbance call at the Days Inn Motel. Davis was staying at the motel with his girlfriend, Margaret Ann Elmore, and her three children. According to Tiffany Davis, she went to the motel to find her husband and when she approached her husband and his girlfriend, Elmore’s 15-year-old daughter attacked her. Tiffany Davis claims that is when she called E-911. No one was arrested in the incident.
When Brian Davis moved out of the home that he shared with Tiffany Davis, he registered a new address with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department, providing the false Evergreen Cove address.
When authorities checked to confirm the address, they discovered Davis was actually living in Alabama with Elmore. Since Davis failed to register as a sex offender with Alabama authorities, a warrant was issued for his arrest. Sheriff’s deputies in Pickens County began to actively search for Davis last Thursday and chased him into Mississippi. Despite the assistance of tracking dogs, they lost Davis near the state line.
Davis was then spotted by a CPD officer as he was walking down Lehmburg near The Colony apartments. When he was approached by the officer, Davis immediately fled, running so fast that he ran out of his shoes. Both CPD officers and deputies rushed to the East Columbus area, combing the side streets for any sign of Davis.
Tiffany Davis was spotted in the area but, when she was pulled over by officers, she denied trying to help Brian Davis escape.
Nearly two hours later, law enforcement received an anonymous tip claiming that Brian Davis was at the Wingate Hotel. Deputies with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department, officers with the CPD, officers with the Alabama Department of Corrections and members of a canine team out of Tuscaloosa swarmed the hotel and took the fugitive into custody. He was arrested and charged with Failure to Register. His bond was set at $25,000. He also has a hold placed on him with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department.
Davis’s girlfriend and her three children were also inside the hotel room. Elmore was arrested and charged with hindering prosecution.
Tiffany Davis maintains her innocence in trying to help Davis escape, claiming that she was in the area “just being nosy.” She said, “A friend called me and said ‘I saw Brian running down Lehmberg towards Deerfield.’ ”
Tiffany Davis says that while she and her husband are currently separated, she has spoken to him several times since Thursday’s arrest. Married since 2009, Tiffany Davis says she has known her husband since she was four years old. While the couple does not have any children together, Tiffany claims her husband “was very good to my children.” Of his being a convicted sex offender, Tiffany Davis says she does not believe he raped anyone, saying, “I would never have married a man or had him around my children if he was a rapist.”
She also addressed comments that have been made on the Columbus Watch Facebook Page that she states called her and her family “trash.” Davis stated, “I come from very good people, very good people. I’m far from trash.” She added, “We’re made out to be monsters. Everybody who’s been to jail isn’t a monster. I’m not a bad person. It’s not my mug shot next to his in the paper.”
Tiffany Davis claims Brian Davis ran last Thursday because he “didn’t know what he was wanted for.”
Of her husband fleeing from the police, Tiffany Davis said, “I guess when you’ve been in prison all your life you don’t ever want to go back, regardless of the situation.”0