A group of men broke into a Georgia Avenue home Monday, armed with guns. They fled when one victim yelled, said Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner.
Two suspects in the home invasion armed robbery were captured and are behind bars, but Statesboro Police detectives seek two others, he said.
Justin Gabriel Monroe, 18, Willow Bend Apartments, and Scottie Lakeith Franklin, 19, Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, are both charged with armed robbery, burglary, and possession of firearm during the commission of a crime he said.
Detectives are seeking Byron Claude Hill Jr., 18, Winthrope Chase Drive, Alpharetta, and Anthony Taquan Davenport, 17, Graystone Crossing, Alpharetta, he said.
Warrants were issued for both Hill and Davenport for charges of armed robbery burglary, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Each is also wanted on active warrants, he said.
Statesboro Police responded Monday morning around 6 a.m. to the reported armed robbery. “Upon the officers’ arrival, they met with the victims who stated they awoke to find two males in their bedroom with handguns,” Turner said.
When one victim yelled, the offenders fled the apartment on foot. Descriptions were given to responding officers who began scouring the area.
APO Justin Samples was patrolling the area near the crime scene when he “observed a suspicious vehicle leaving the area” he said. “Samples stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Scottie Franklin. Having no reason to detain Franklin at this time, he verified all of his vital information and released him.”
Officers continued to check the area on foot, investigating several popular footpaths between apartment communities in the Georgia Southern University area.
Samples spotted another man exiting the woods, running towards Copper Beech Townhouses, and began chasing the suspect, Turner said. He caught the man, Moore, at The Pointe at Southern apartments.
Statesboro detectives Ben Purvis and Keith Holloway responded to the scene and “began developing leads and identifying other suspects involved in the robbery,” he said. The investigation led to identifying Davenport and Hill, and Franklin was later taken into custody.
“This case remains under investigation and further arrests are expected,” he said. “We would like to thank the City of Alpharetta Department of Public Safety intelligence unit who provided critical and timely information that assisted in identifying the suspects.
“Without the professional networking of law enforcement agencies working together throughout the state, it would be difficult to apprehend offenders who commit crimes in various jurisdictions,” he said.
Anyone with any information about the crime, including the whereabouts of Davenport and Hill, is asked to call Detectives Purvis or Holloway at (912) 764-9911 or submit a tip to www.tipsonline.com.
All calls and tips are anonymous, he said.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.