Captain Ray Sullivan said Randy Felicianna “Worm” McClarity, Jr., 18, Cedartown, met with law enforcement officials outside the Polk County Police Department at approximately 5:15 p.m. “He was brought right to us by two family members...he wanted it kept low-profile with no media around,” he reported.
Upon his arrival at the police department, Sullivan said McClarity refused to give a statement until his lawyer was present. “Unfortunately,” the captain added, “he didn’t want to tell us his side of the story. We’re hoping that he’ll want to speak with us [which will] broaden the investigation and lead us to any other people involved.”
Knowing McClarity’s criminal history (he was arrested March 27 by Cedartown Police following a non-fatal incident in which he shot a Cedartown man multiple times in the leg), Sullivan was apprehensive of meeting with the suspect.
“We were worried that we would need quite a bit of personnel,” Sullivan said. “We were in contact with the GBI fugitive squad, but that wasn’t needed. It went down without incident.”
Polk Police Chief Billy Wills said that while he was relieved to have McClarity surrender peacefully, he was still astonished by the quick turn of events. “We’re glad he turned himself in. I’m surprised [he did it],” Wills said.
“We told him before we took him back that it was the easiest way to get through the process,” stated Sullivan.
“It’s a relief [when we] have a crime like this in Polk County,” continued Wills, “knowing he’s on the run, and instead of us having to corner him, and the heightened danger of that, he comes to us.”
Sullivan noted that McClarity had been in contact with Polk investigators before his arrest. “He and his family were worried about his safety, so he agreed to turn himself over to us and the GBI,” the police captain said. “He was brought in and allowed to speak with his grandmother for 10 minutes as he had requested.
“We don’t know if they were worried about the cops or what. I guess there’s always a possibility of a retaliatory strike.”
McClarity is currently being held at the Polk County Jail on charges of murder and aggravated assault.
The suspect had been wanted for his role in the shooting death of Rome’s Meisha Alexander, 24, and the assault on 21-year-old Calvin Lamar Dorsey, Rome, at the Stardust Lounge, 15 Hunt Rd., Cedartown.
It is believed that following an argument, McClarity fired several shots at Dorsey, leaving him with life-threatening injuries; one shot fatally wounded Alexander as she sat in her parked car.