Statesboro police solved three armed robberies with the recent arrests of two suspects they believe committed the crimes.
Terick DeShawn Debose, 21, Lakewood, New Jersey and Tina Tahara Fudge, 30, Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, are each charged with several crimes after evidence linked them to armed robberies in June and July at Sonic on South Main Street, College Lane and Eagle Inn on South Main Street, said Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner.
Investigations by Statesboro Police Det. Scott Brunson determined Debose entered Sonic June 25 around 12:30 a.m., showed a handgun, and demanded cash. He fled with an undetermined amount of money, and no one was injured, he said.
Statesboro Police Det. Kevin Wadley, through his investigations, learned both Debose and Fudge were involved in the College Lane armed robbery.
A male victim, Lemarr Antonio Pierce, told police around 12:30 a.m. June 29, he was “driving on West Jones Avenue when he stopped to pick up Debose and Fudge,” Turner said. “Debose then displayed a firearm and forced Pierce to drive to a location on College Lane. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken from Pierce. Debose and Fudge both fled on foot.” No injuries were reported.
Brunson was investigating the July 5 incident at Eagle Inn, which occurred around 1:30 a.m. that night, when he identified the suspects, who were linked to the other two incidents as well, he said.
Debose and Fudge were at the Eagle Inn residence of the victim, Benjamin Franklin Pickett, when “Debose assaulted Pickett by striking him in the head with a firearm. During the altercation the firearm was discharged.”
No one was injured as a result of the discharge. but after taking an undisclosed amount of cash from Pickett, both suspects fled.
After further investigation, Brunson identified the offenders and secured warrants for their arrest, Turner said. Brunson and Officer Matthew Mallard located and arrested Tina Fudge July 8 at South Gate Apartments on Mikell Street. She also had two outstanding warrants out of Ocean County, New Jersey, he said.
Debose was apprehended with the aid of the U. S. Marshal’s Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force in Augusta July 10, he said.
“This case is still under investigation. More charges are possible. “
Debose is charged with three counts of armed robbery, one count of kidnapping, three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and two counts of aggravated assault.
Fudge is charged with two counts of armed robbery, one count of kidnapping, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and one count of aggravated assault.
They are both being held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail, awaiting court hearings, according to jail records.
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911.
Anonymous tips may also be made online at www.tipsoft.com or by sending the text “TIPSSPD” followed by your message to 274637 (CRIMES).
Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.