Police responded to Carolan Street after getting a call about a suspicious vehicle. As officers approached they saw two black males in the vehicle. Both had pistols in their laps and were asleep.
When the men woke up, they fled in the vehicle for a short distance, then both jumped out and ran. One suspect was not apprehended. The other ran into an occupied home. The residents immediately ran out.
A search was conducted of the vehicle and it was determined to be stolen. No guns were found in the vehicle so police determined the suspect could still have the weapon with him.
SWAT was called out to search for the suspect. Laron Allen, 24, was located and taken into custody without incident in an apartment near the one he originally entered. He had climbed into the attic and gained entry into the adjacent apartment. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, obstruction by fleeing, and theft by receiving stolen property.
• Thunderbolt Police charged a 20–year–old man with murder after the shooting death of another man outside an apartment complex.
Vernon Michael Rich Jr. was taken into custody on Laurel Oak Drive following the shooting of Troy Wells, 35. A pistol believed used was recovered and Rich admitted the shooting.
An investigation revealed that Rich had driven a co–worker from Lab Corp on Chatham Parkway to her residence at Bonaventure Place Condominiums after they got off work at 9 p.m. They had stopped at a store and driven to the complex when they were approached by Wells, who recently ended a relationship with the co–worker and was to have vacated the apartment they shared.
Rich was turning his car around in the parking lot after dropping the woman off when Wells approached from behind, demanded to know who Rich was and then tried to hit her. The woman sprayed Wells with Mace. He walked towards Rich’s car and began to strike him while he was in the vehicle. The woman reported she then heard a gunshot.
Just after the shooting Rich called police and emergency medical services. He surrendered to arriving Thunderbolt police.
• A fight between two brothers went from bad to worse when one was arrested on previous warrants and the other admitted breaking into 11 automobiles.
Chandler Scoggins, who turned 17 and, as such, became a legal adult on the day he was arrested, was charged with one count of larceny as investigators work to determine where the other 10 auto break–ins took place.
Police had responded to his residence on Godley Parkway when a family member reported a fight between Scoggins and his brother Devin Shay Scoggins. After questioning the brothers they discovered warrants against the elder one by the Pooler Police Department for theft by receiving for pawning a stolen item.
As the elder brother was being arrested, the younger approached police and told them he had stolen the car GPS in question and had given it to his brother.
West Chatham Precinct investigators determined he actually had broken into 10 other vehicles as well and may have been involved in other crimes.