Derien Ventura-Flores

Derien Ventura-Flores

A Lawrenceville man was arrested on Friday and remained in the Polk County Jail over the weekend without bail, according to jail reports. 

Derian Bona Ventura-Flores, 19, of a Gwinnett Drive address in Lawrenceville, was in custody at the Polk County Jail as of June 16, when he was taken into custody by Polk County Sheriff's deputies on an arrest warrant for aggravated assault. 

He remains in jail without bail on the felony charge. 

Ventura-Flores was jailed on unrelated charges in Lawrenceville on Friday and transported to the Polk County Jail by local deputies after the warrant showed up when police took him into custody, said Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome.

He said that the investigation continues into the shooting and related matters. 

The Cedartown Police Department announced on June 2 they were seeking Ventura-Flores on the charge after it was alleged he shot a 17-year-old teen in the front yard of the Polk County Board of Education's central office on College Street in late May. 

Police said the shooting occurred as a result of what they believed was a drug deal gone bad between the 17-year-old and Ventura-Flores. They based that belief on communications between the victim and Flores, as well as $2,300 in fake currency located near the victim at the time officers responded.

Officials are not releasing the name of the victim due to his being underage, not charged with any crime and being in DFCS custody, according to statements made previously by Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome.