Two men suspected in a July 6 home invasion are now behind bars. Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson said the men ransacked the house on Bella Terra Road near Brooklet while an elderly couple hid in a locked bedroom during the robbery.
Brandon Jamaal Hope, 21, of Henderson Drive in Hampton, and Landry Dejuan Valant-Boyd, 20, of Griffin Road in Allenhurst, are charged with first-degree home invasion, first-degree burglary and two counts of elder abuse, Anderson said.
Bulloch County sheriff's deputies captured Hope in Statesboro, where he has lived for some time, and Valant-Boyd was arrested by Liberty County sheriff's deputies, Anderson said.
"The elderly residents of the home reported that the door to their home had been kicked in and that they had retreated to their bedroom and locked themselves in," he said. "Arriving deputies conducted a search with canines for any suspects on foot but found no one in the area."
Bulloch County sheriff's Investigator John Quattlebaum arrived and processed the scene for evidence, and Capt. Todd Hutchens joined in the investigation.
"After interviewing numerous witnesses in the case, and with great assistance from deputies with the Liberty County Sheriff's Office, Inv. Quattlebaum and Capt. Hutchens were able to identify" the suspects, Anderson said.
Both Hope and Valant-Boyd remain at the Bulloch County Jail without bond pending further judicial hearings, he said.
"I hope that the arrests in this case give some peace to the elderly victims and to residents of the Bella Terra Road area."
Holli Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.