A Statesboro man faces armed robbery and kidnapping charges in connection with a violent incident that occurred early Sunday morning on Robin Hood Trail, across from Paulson Stadium.
Travon Malik Cray was arrested Wednesday by Statesboro Police as one of two suspects who forced Tyler Strudgeon to go to an ATM at gunpoint and withdraw money after allegedly beating and threatening him in his residence.
Though Strudgeon was unable to give a good description of the suspects, Chief Mike Broadhead said investigators pieced together several surveillance videos from multiple sources and were able to issue a "wanted" alert early Wednesday for Cray that included a photo. Cray, 23, turned himself in later that day and remains without bond in the Bulloch County Jail.
"On behalf of city council of Statesboro, I would like to thank the Statesboro Police Department, and all of those who have assisted, for their tireless and continued efforts in this case," Mayor Jan Moore said in a statement released on the police department's Facebook page.
Police said Cray and another unidentified man entered Strudgeon's apartment about 2:30 a.m. Sunday and allegedly attacked him with a hammer and threatened him at gunpoint. The suspects reportedly forced Strudgeon, 23, to drive his red 2004 Jeep Wrangler to an ATM in an undisclosed location and 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 a possible armed robbery and kidnapping that occurred at Strudgeon's residence earlier that morning. Officers met with the victim and began to investigate, resulting with Cray's arrest.
Strudgeon was treated and released from the hospital later Sunday.
Police are still looking for a second suspect in the incident. Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911. You may also anonymously submit information to www.tipsoft.com or by texting a tip to "TIPSSPD plus your message" to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential.
"While a crime of this gravity is not indicative of our community and is in truth an anomaly, its seriousness has affected us all," Mayor Moore said. "The victim has suffered a tremendous ordeal and our prayers have been and will remain with him and his family. The fidelity of this investigation is critical to its success, so please be patient as additional information will become available when it is appropriate to do so."