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Two adults, two teens charged in Johnson City home invasion, robbery

Becky Campbell • Jun 3, 2019 at 9:10 PM

Two adults and two juveniles  — including one teen accused of pistol whipping a man — were arrested over the weekend after a home invasion on Carroll Creek Road, police said.

Devonne Cole, 19, 800 Swadley Road, was charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, three counts of aggravated assault, evading arrest, possession of schedule VI narcotics for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Rahleik Garcia, 18, 311 Holly St., is charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and three counts of aggravated assault.

The juveniles —  both 17-year-old boys — face similar charges. Court records indicate that the District Attorney General’s Office has filed motions to transfer the teens to adult court.

One of the teens, six weeks shy of his 18th birthday, was charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, three counts of aggravated assault, evading arrest, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.

The second teen, who turned 17 in February, was charged with two counts of aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, three counts of aggravated assault and evading arrest.

Johnson City police were dispatched to a home invasion call at Deanwood Apartments, 1112 Carroll Creek Road, around 3:40 a.m. Saturday about a woman being threatened by someone with a gun. When officers arrived, they saw three black males dressed in dark clothing leaving the apartment. When officers ordered the three to stop, the suspects took off running through some nearby woods.

The callers told police the men had kicked in the apartment door and threatened them with a gun, then stole around $2,200. A K9 officer and his handler tracked a trail to a backpack at 4205 Ranch Road. The dog then continued to search and led his handler to a unsecured basement door of a residence on LaCasa Drive. One juvenile was found hiding in the basement and officers took him into custody.

While the K9 officer was tracking the suspects, Officer William Saulsbury interviewed the reported victims. The homeowner told police that she, her boyfriend, a friend and the friend’s infant were in the apartment when the boyfriend saw a Mercury Mountaineer driving around the apartment area.

Police and court documents said:

• Within a few minutes, there was a knock at the door. The man at the door pulled out a handgun, so the two adults ran upstairs while the friend and baby stayed downstairs.

• The suspects kicked in the door and entered the residence. The male victim and his girlfriend hid in an upstairs bathroom and locked the door, but the intruders kicked that door in, too. At that point, the male victim tried to disarm the suspect and during the struggle, the firearm discharged into the floor above the location of the adult and infant downstairs.

• The male victim was then beaten and pistol whipped by one of the juvenile suspects who had the gun, The suspects went through drawers until they found a wallet that contained the $2,200 that belonged to the female victim who lived in the apartment.

• The victims said they knew the juvenile with the gun as well as Garcia and Cole. The victims also identified the juvenile found hiding in the basement of a nearby residence as one of the intruders.

Cole and Garcia were being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $157,000 bond and $146,000 bond, respectively. Both juveniles were being held at the Upper East Tennessee Regional Juvenile Detention Center. A detention hearing for them was scheduled for Wednesday.

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