Thursday, August 2, 2012
Five arrested following home invasion
By SUE WATSON
An Early Grove Road resident and three children were the victims of a home invasion July 25, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
He said three males knocked on the door of the victims’ home about 10 p.m. Wednesday, with one falsely identifying himself as a family member. One of the victims opened the door.
Dickerson said the male suspects ordered all four family members to lie on the living room floor and one slung an undetermined quantity of gasoline in the room and onto the victims. The suspects then took a large flat-screen television from the house and fled on foot, dropping the TV and breaking it as they left.
The victims were so afraid, they waited a while before calling 911, he said.
During the investigation, officers received information that two females may have also been involved in the incident. The females were picked up and questioned.
After the interview, a warrant was issued for the three male suspects by justice court judge Mae Garrison.
The three male suspects were arrested in Memphis, Tenn., Friday by officers with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force (U.S. Marshals). Two were extradited back to Marshall County and booked. One remains in juvenile detention in Memphis. The two females were also arrested and charged.
Dickerson released the names of the four adults charged with burglary/home invasion and attempted aggravated assault. They are Cedric McNeil, 20, of the Memphis area; Martin Mitchell, 20, of Holly Springs; Qwanesha Rhine, 18, of Lamar; and Shantel Fitzpatrick, 24, of Holly Springs.
All four adult suspects made an initial appearance before justice court judge Ernest Cunningham. Bond was set for each at $300,000.
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