Coweta Crime

Suspects in custody after home invasion

by John A. Winters

alt

Jeffrey Leo

Newnan Police officers and Coweta Sheriff’s Office deputies wait outside the home on Brookfield Drive off Shenandoah Boulevard Wednesday for updated information from investigators, seen in the background.

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.


More Local

NFL pro Ogletree provides meals to families

Newnan native and professional football player Alec Ogletree visited Newnan on Tuesday to give back to his hometown in time for the holiday ... Read More


City of Grantville

Councilmen warned for conduct, comments

Two members of the Grantville City Council were served with a cease and desist letter prior to their meeting on Monday. The letter was serve ... Read More


City of Grantville

Grantville awards contract to Garcia

Four months after coming aboard as police chief of Grantville, Javier Garcia was awarded a contract on Monday. Garcia also is currently serv ... Read More


Caregiver arrested for stealing from elderly couple

A woman suspected of stealing both the identities and thousands of dollars from an elderly Sharpsburg couple was arrested over the weekend. ... Read More


Roommate arrested for assault

A Newnan man was arrested Friday after he allegedly assaulted and threatened his roommate for not paying his bills. About 12:20 p.m., Office ... Read More

Suspected marijuana dealer arrested

A man suspected of selling marijuana out of his home was arrested Friday following an investigation by the sheriff’s office’s c ... Read More