Four Arrested, One Killed in Home Invasion Attempt in Stephens County

October 11, 2012

More information is available on the four individuals arrested late last week in connection to a home invasion in Stephens County in which one of the alleged intruders was killed.

According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, authorities arrested four people in connection with the case during the late evening hours of Wednesday, October 3 and early morning hours of Thursday, October 4.

“My investigators, along with the GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) Cleveland and Athens offices, worked tirelessly, as well as with the District Attorney’s Office and their investigator and were able to make these arrests,” said Shirley.

According to authorities, 22-year-old Mack Jabares Cunningham of Athens was arrested in Athens, 21-year-old Robert Luther Neal, Jr. Of Toccoa and 24-year-old Elizabeth Tara Sims of Elberton were arrested in Elberton, and 19-year-old Qym Dashan Johnson, Jr. Of Canon was arrested in Franklin County.

All four individuals are charged with one count of armed robbery and Cunningham is also charged with one count of aggravated assault.

Shirley says more charges are forthcoming on these individuals.  In addition, the sheriff says that additional arrests relating to the incident are expected.

The home invasion for which these suspects are charged occurred Sunday, September 30 at around 9:30 p.m. on Waters Edge Drive in Martin.

According to the sheriff, multiple subjects, armed with handguns and long guns, forced their way into a residence in a robbery attempt.

Shirley says during the incident, one of the occupants of the home was able to retrieve a firearm that he kept at the residence and subsequently shot and killed one of the intruders.

The intruder killed was identified as 34-year-old Demetrice Faust of Oglethorpe County, Georgia.

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