Statesboro Police have arrested a third suspect in connection with Sunday’s armed robbery at Renaissance Apartments, as well as a fourth person who was already in jail on unrelated charges.
Two suspects were apprehended that day, but a third escaped after a shot was fired at police, said Statesboro Police Deputy Chief Rob Bryan, interim chief.
While investigating the armed robbery, Statesboro Police Det. Tommy Brown identified the additional suspects as Ebony Shantrice Clark, 20, of Old Louisville Road in Millen, and Tevin O’Neal Myles, 24, of Bobby Donaldson Avenue in Statesboro, he said.
At first there were only three suspects, but the investigation resulted in four arrests, he said.
Officers were alerted of the armed robbery around 11 p.m. Sunday, and they responded to the area of Renaissance Apartments on Chandler Road. Georgia Southern University police also responded to assist, and two GSU found the suspects after a lookout with descriptions was issue, he said.
Officers on foot gave chase near Chandler Heights Apartments, and “one of the suspects fired a shot from a handgun at one of the officers. Neither of the officers sustained injuries from the gunshot.” Bryan said. “The gunshot damaged a vehicle that was parked and unoccupied.”
The suspects fled into the wooded area behind the apartment complexes, and officers, joined by Georgia State Patrol troopers and Bulloch County Sheriff’s deputies, set up a perimeter in the area.
“The Statesboro Police Department’s Emergency Response Team, the Statesboro Bulloch Crime Suppression Team, and Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office K9 were deployed to assist in the search efforts,” he said. “After an extensive search of the area, James Edward Prescott and Troy K. Randall were taken into custody without incident.”
After identifying the additional suspects, Brown secured warrants for their arrest. “Myles was already being held in the Bulloch County Jail on unrelated charges when Detective Brown executed the warrants for his arrest,” Bryan said. “Clark was arrested by the Jenkins County Sheriff’s Office for the warrants from this incident and later transported to the Bulloch County Jail to await further action.”
Myles was arrested Monday by Statesboro police on charges of cocaine possession, marijuana possession, and possession of drug related objects. After being linked to Sunday’s armed robbery incident, he was also charged with armed robbery; aggravated assault; aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer; second degree criminal damage to property; possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Clark is charged with armed robbery; aggravated assault; aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer; second degree criminal damage to property; and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Both are held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail, as they all await further court action, according to jail records.