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Dalton PD arrest man for selling fake cell phones, aggravated assault

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Dalton Police Department arrested 22 year-old Giovanni Esposito Sunday evening on charges of aggravated assault after he nearly ran over an officer and two other people trying to evade capture in a car. 

The incident began with a report that Esposito was selling counterfeit cell phones. 

A Dalton officer was dispatched to a parking lot on Glenwood Avenue for a call of a suspicious vehicle, Sunday evening. A taxi driver flagged down the officer and told him that Esposito was attempting to sell fake Samsung Galaxy S6 from his car. 

Esposito, was in his vehicle and began to back out of his parking space. When the officer commanded him to stop , Esposito drove forward towards the officer, the cab driver, and his two fares who were standing outside of the vehicle. They were able to get out of the way. Esposito fled driving very fast westbound on Tyler Street, running the red light at Hamilton Street. The officer was unable to catch up to Esposito 's vehicle and called out a BOLO (Be On LookOut) for the vehicle. Another officer was able to stop Esposito a short time later and took him into custody. 

The complainant reported that one of his taxi clients had told him about buying a cell phone from Esposito only to later find out that there was a Facebook post warning people that he was selling fake phones. The complainant then called Esposito using the number on the Facebook warning and set up a meeting and called police to the scene. After Esposito 's arrest, he found to be in possession of five counterfeit Samsung Galaxy cell phones. 

Investigators are asking anyone who bought a cell phone from Giovanni Esposito to please contact Detective Tommy Ensley at 706-278-9085, dial 9 and enter extension 157. Esposito has been charged with theft by deception, aggravated assault, and conspiracy to commit a crime. 

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