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Police seek third suspect in 'strong-arm' robbery Tuesday
Twightla Denise Gaines - photo by Special
    Statesboro Police are seeking a third suspect in a "strong-arm" robbery that took place Tuesday at Butler Homes. Officers arrested a woman and one of her sons in connection with the robbery and attack and have issued warrants for another of her sons.
    Twightla Denise Gaines, 39, of Butler Homes, is charged with strong arm robbery, battery, aggravated stalking, battery on a law enforcement officer and obstruction, said Statesboro Police Chief Stan York.
    Her son Kernard Maurice Blount, 17, also of Butler Homes, is charged with strong-arm robbery and battery. A second son, Kern Christopher Blount, 19, who also lives at Butler Homes, is still at large and is also charged with  strong-arm robbery and battery, he said.
    The victim, who told police Gaines was his live-in girlfriend, said she and her sons physically assaulted him around 1:22 a.m. Tuesday, holding him down after beating him severely enough to leave "visible injuries to his face and head," York said.
    Then, the three snatched the man's wallet from his pocket.
    When officers arrived at the scene, Gaines and Kernard Maurice Blount were still at the home. When officers took them both into custody, Gaines struggled and resisted arrests, causing a slight injury to an officer's arm, he said.
    Anyone with information about Kern Christopher Blount's whereabouts, or with any other information about the robbery, is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at (912) 764-1542. All information will be held in confidence, York said.

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