Suspects in custody after home invasion
by John A. Winters
At least one gunman and two or three others burst into a Newnan area residence Wednesday morning where a young infant was staying and demanded money from the other occupants.
An extensive manhunt began after the invasion, which occurred around 10 a.m., and suspects were in custody a short time later, according to Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. The suspects, including one already convicted of an armed robbery, were being questioned by investigators late Wednesday.
Two women and a small child were in the house, but were not injured, said Investigator Jae Robertson.
At the time of the break-in on Brookfield Drive off Shenandoah Boulevard, one woman was in the back and another in the kitchen, Robertson said.
“A black male entered and collided with one woman. He pulled a gun, knocked her down and kept yelling, ‘Where’s the money, where’s the money?’” Robertson said. That victim said she only saw the one gunman, but heard multiple footsteps.
The second woman kept her hands up, she told investigators. She saw two men, but only one weapon, Robertson said. A lookout was put out for the suspects after the 10 a.m. break-in and three or four suspects were taken into custody after being stopped several blocks away.
“We already had our people in the area, and based on eyewitnesses who saw them running, we were able to converge on them pretty quickly,” Yarbrough said.
Authorities were able to recover a weapon, items stolen from the residence and the clothing the suspects were wearing to try and disguise themselves, the colonel said. Warrants were being drawn up for armed robbery and other charges.
The suspects were arrested by Sergeant Pat Lyons, Sergeant Victor McPhie, Investigator John Curtis, and Investigator Ronald Benjamin of the Crime Suppression Unit, according to Yarbrough.
The names of the suspects were not immediately available from authorities late Wednesday.