By Kathy Jefcoats
A mother and son are among four people arrested in connection with what police say was a home invasion staged for the purpose of robbing at least two unsuspecting men allegedly lured to the home one through the Internet.
Henry County police Lt. Ken Turner said Wednesday that two of the suspects have confessed to the crimes and at least one other victim is being sought.
Janice Carleen Brown, 34, her son, Colby Lee Mayo, 17, and William Kennedy Taylor, 20, all of the same Nova Circle address in Stockbridge, are charged with armed robbery. Brown and Taylor are also charged with hindering the apprehension of a criminal and Mayo faces charges of cruelty to children and wearing masks.
An unidentified 15-year-old is also charged with armed robbery in the alleged incident. Brown is due in Henry Magistrate Court Friday.
Turner said Henry County police detectives learned that Brown contacted a Hispanic man over the Internet and arranged to meet him Saturday night. Once she and Taylor met the man, they invited him to their Nova Circle apartment. Mayo and the juvenile waited outside, said police, and waited for a signal.
With the signal, the two barged into the home and demanded the man's wallet and jewelry.
Turner said the suspects told detectives they robbed a second Hispanic man April 8, using the same scenario except that Brown met him at the Irish Pub in Clayton County.
However, police have been unable to identify him or find an incident report. Officers believe the man may be afraid to come forward either because he is married or because he is Hispanic. Police said they thought the suspects preyed on Hispanics in hopes that they wouldn't report the crime due to cultural differences.
Anyone with information regarding the alleged incidents can call local law enforcement or the Henry County Bureau of Police Services at (770) 954-2900.