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Suspect arrested in May burglary

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Henry County Police have apprehended a Riverdale man in connection with an alleged break-in at a local home earlier this year.

Andrew Joseph Mercado, 18, is charged with one count of burglary. He is being held in the Henry County Jail on $30,000 bond.

The incident reportedly took place at approximately 3 p.m., May 12, at 101 Spivey Glen Drive, in a Henry portion of Jonesboro. According to a Henry County Police report filed by Officer Khoi Nguyen, authorities were notified of a "burglary in progress" call at the location.

The report indicates that, when an officer arrived at the scene, the back door of the residence was broken, and remnants of shattered glass were visible on the ground.

"I also observed a rock was lying on the ground by the back door," Officer Nguyen said in the report.

When officers entered the house, police said, they found the victim hiding in the closet of the master bedroom, with her infant son. The woman reportedly told police she saw four shadows in the back yard, shortly before calling authorities.

"She attempted to look through the back window, but she heard someone banging on the back door," Nguyen added. "She suspected that someone tried to break in the house."

In the police report, Nguyen said that, while the victim was hiding, the glass on the back door was smashed and she saw someone enter the bedroom.

"While in the closet, she saw a black male ... [open] the closet with a black stick," he stated. "The suspect saw her, and he then went out [of] the house."

The victim told police she did not notice anything missing from the house.

Police conducted a canvas of the neighborhood, which led them to a neighbor, who claimed to have details about the burglary. The neighbor told authorities she had seen a white van parked at the victim's house earlier in the day.

During the investigation, another officer saw a vehicle with four black males inside, attempting to leave the area. Police conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, and the victim was brought to the car in an attempt to identify the alleged burglar.

"[She] pointed out ... Mercado, but she was not positively sure," Nguyen said.

Authorities continued to investigate the case, and obtained a warrant for Mercado's arrest June 16. He was apprehended Tuesday, and brought to the jail.

Mercado appeared Wednesday in Henry Magistrate Court, represented by the Public Defender's Office. Judge Robert Godwin reset the suspect's case for Aug. 28.