Two held in juvenile detention after reported home invasion

Becky Campbell • Jun 5, 2019 at 10:49 PM

Two Johnson City teenagers charged in an aggravated robbery home invasion will stay in the regional detention center after a judge determined the community would be better served to keep the boys in custody.

And while the names of juveniles charged with crimes are usually protected, state law allows the release of information if the juvenile is charged with certain violent crimes, including aggravated robbery.

Dupree N. Palomino and Marvin Ray McCrea, both 17 years old, were arrested over the weekend along with two adults — Rahliek R. Garcia, 18, 311 Holly St., and Devonne Cole, 19, 800 Swadley Road — after Johnson City police were dispatched to the incident on Carroll Creek Road.

Charges filed in the case were:

  • Garcia  — aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and three counts of aggravated assault;
  • Cole — aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, three counts of aggravated assault, evading arrest, possession of schedule VI narcotics for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia;
  • Palomino — aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, three counts of aggravated assault, evading arrest and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony; and
  • McCrea — two counts of aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, three counts of aggravated assault and evading arrest.

Garcia and Cole were in Washington County Sessions Court on Wednesday, but their cases were reset for a hearing next week.

Palomino and McCrea appeared in Johnson City Juvenile Court on Wednesday before Judge Sharon Green. 

Palomino, whose family hired Don Spurrell to represent the teen, did not ask Green for a detention hearing to set a bond for his client.

“We are not going to argue for the release of Mr. Palomino at this time,” Spurrell said. Palomino was the suspect in the case who police said pistol whipped one of the reported victims.

Attorney Cameron Hyder was appointed by the court to represent McCrae, and he did ask for a hearing to seek his client’s release. After hearing testimony from the arresting police officer, William Saulsbury, and McCrae’s grandmother, Green said she would keep the teen in detention at this time.

If there was a time later when a more permanent and secure plan could be reached, Green said she would reconsider releasing McCrae while the case is pending.

 Green scheduled hearings in September to determine if the cases warrant  transferring to criminal court. 

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