UPDATE: Arrests in cyclist case

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 16, 2014
Atlanta Police escort Shanelle Woodard, 22, to a waiting police van on July 16.  Woodard is accused of helping Joseph Alan Lewis conceal evidence in the case of an aggravated assault against a cyclist. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Atlanta Police escort Shanelle Woodard, 22, to a waiting police van on July 16. Woodard is accused of helping Joseph Alan Lewis conceal evidence in the case of an aggravated assault against a cyclist. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

This story has been updated. The two defendants in this case had their first court appearance on July 17. For that story, click here

Atlanta Police on July 16 announced the arrest of a woman accused of helping her boyfriend cover up a crime that landed a local cyclist in the hospital.

Shortly after that announcement, the boyfriend, Joseph Alan Lewis, 19, turned himself into police. Lewis turned himself  in to the Zone 2 Atlanta Police Precinct at 1:30 am on July 17, Atlanta Police said.

Police accuse Lewis of using a red Dodge Nitro to run down cyclist Greg Germani. The incident happened on June 9 on Flagler Avenue in Atlanta’s Piedmont Heights community. Germani remains in the hospital.

On July 16, Atlanta Police arrested Shanelle Woodard, 22 and charged her with evidence tampering, a felony.

Lewis faces charges of criminal attempt to commit murder, serious injury by vehicle and other charges, police said.

The Germani case outraged the cycling community, who rallied to raise nearly $30,000 to donate to Crime Stoppers as a reward for information about this case. Those efforts appear to have worked.

Lt. Rod Woody told reporters that police received a tip through Crime Stoppers about the location of the red Dodge Nitro, which police impounded on June 23.

Police said that Woodard helped Lewis cover up the crime, but declined to get into specifics.

“We did collect evidence at the scene that we were able to connect to the vehicle, absolutely connect to the vehicle, so we have that and we have some video evidence that involves her as well,” Woody said.

Woody said the Nitro belonged to Lewis.

He said investigators have been hard at work on the case, sending evidence to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and digging into the background of the suspects.

“It’s just been a lot of legwork to get us to this point today,” Woody said.

Germani is still recovering. On July 8, he spoke for the first time since the incident.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified where the assault took place. It was in Piedmont Heights, which is near Morningside. 

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