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Pair charged with armed robbery, kidnapping

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Two men are being held without bond in the Henry County Jail, suspected of robbing four men at gunpoint at an area motel.

Perry Antwan Dehinde, 27, of Atlanta, and Zandavious Dionisio Whatley, 23, of Forest Park, are each charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, false imprisonment, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime and criminal conspiracy. Whatley is also charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, use of a firearm by a convicted felon during the commission of a crime and as an in-state fugitive.

The charges stem from an incident that allegedly took place shortly after midnight Thursday, at the Howard Johnson located at 619 Ga. Highway 138 in Stockbridge. According to Henry County Police Capt. Jason Bolton, officers responded to a call about a fight inside one of the rooms.

"Upon arrival at the room in question, officers discovered four naked males inside, who reported that they had just been robbed," said Bolton. "The victims reported that the two suspects had entered their room armed with pistols, and had forced the four victims to undress and get into the bathtub together. Once the victims were in the bathtub, the suspects went through the victims' belongings and took numerous items."

The stolen property reportedly included cash, Nike Air Jordan shoes, a PlayStation 3 video game system and a DVD player.

Police searched the area and located Dehinde and Whatley, still on the hotel grounds, and arrested them. According to Bolton, Whatley was also wanted in Clayton County, in connection with an obstruction charge.

The items stolen were reportedly recovered, as were the pistols used in the robbery, said the captain.

Dehinde and Whatley appeared Friday in Henry County Magistrate Court, and their cases were reset for June 17 to allow each of them to hire an attorney. Bond for the men will be considered at a later date, in Henry County Superior Court.