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Second man arrested in kidnapping, armed robbery

Nathanial James Pace


The second suspect in a brutal armed robbery and kidnapping early Sunday morning at a Robin Hood Trail residence was the victim’s neighbor. Statesboro police detectives arrested Nathanial James Pace, 23, of Robin Hood Trail, Thursday evening, according to Madison Bridges, Statesboro police community information specialist.

Another suspect, Travon Malik Cray, 23, of South Holten Street in Baxley, was arrested Wednesday by Statesboro police as one of two suspects who forced Tyler Strudgeon from his Robin Hood Trail apartment at gunpoint to drive to an ATM and withdraw cash. The two suspects allegedly beat Strudgeon with a hammer and threatened him with a gun. They also reportedly killed a small pet in his presence.

Detectives gathered images from several surveillance cameras at various locations where the victim and suspects had been and issued a “wanted person” alert Wednesday for Cray that included a photo, said Statesboro police Chief Mike Broadhead.

Cray later turned himself in to authorities.

The two suspects reportedly broke into Strudgeon's apartment about 2:30 a.m. Sunday and attacked him with a hammer and threatened him at gunpoint before forcing Strudgeon, 23, to drive his red 2004 Jeep Wrangler to an ATM in an undisclosed location. They allegedly took $193 in cash, a cellphone, a watch, a laptop computer and a wallet.

At approximately 3 a.m., police said officers with the Statesboro PD responded to East Georgia Regional Medical Center in reference to the incident and spoke with Strudgeon before launching the investigation.

Strudgeon was treated and released from the hospital later Sunday.

Both Cray and Pace are being held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail. Cray is charged with kidnapping, armed robbery, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, aggravated cruelty to animals, false imprisonment and a hold by Bulloch County Probation, according to Bulloch County Jail information.

Pace is charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault with a gun, kidnapping, first-degree felony burglary, false imprisonment and cruelty to animals.

 

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

 

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