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3 arrested in home invasion shooting, burglary
1 more suspect sought
Xeric Deiondre Hills

Three suspects are in custody and one is expected to turn himself in regarding two separate incidents on Dec. 29 — a home invasion shooting and a burglary.

Statesboro police are expecting the surrender of a fourth suspect. Warrants were issued for Joshua Matthew Washington, 25, of Big Star Lane in Midway, said Madison Warren, Statesboro police community information specialist.

Derick Tyler Burchell, 21, of Lanier Drive, was arrested Friday on charges of armed robbery, first-degree home invasion, first-degree burglary (felony), obstruction and loitering/prowling, according to Bulloch County Jail records.

Two other suspects — Marquise Javon Wells, 21, of Portal Crossing Loop in Portal, and Xeric Deiondre’ Hills, 22, of Woodland Drive — are also charged in the two incidents, she said. Both are charged with first-degree burglary (felony), theft by receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

The suspects are believed to have entered a Knight Drive apartment around 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 29, where a male victim was shot in the head. The victim was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Warren said.

One of the suspects was allowed inside and was speaking to the victim when the other three, wearing masks, entered and held the victim at gunpoint, she said.

The suspects apparently left after the victim was shot and are believed to have burglarized a Harden Road residence an hour later. Statesboro police, responding to a witness’s report of seeing a possible burglary in progress with people using flashlights, apprehended Hills at the scene and located Wells a short time later, she said.

Further investigation led to the location and arrest of Burchell. Washington was recently located by the United States Marshals Service, but due to medical issues, he was not arrested at the time and is expected to turn himself in, she said.


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


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