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Clayton police nab home-invasion suspects
Victim's bank provides tip

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

An alleged home-invasion victim's call to his bank led to the arrest of the men suspected of robbing him and another man at gunpoint.

Clayton County Police arrested three home-invasion suspects Thursday after the men allegedly used a bank card reported stolen the day of the robbery.

The incident occurred just before 12 p.m., Thursday, at a home in the 1400 block of Stimson Lane in Riverdale, according to a police report.

Melvin Johnson, 24, and Marcus Jamal Walker, 24, both of Jonesboro, along with Sabastian Fleming, 27, of an unknown address, face charges including burglary, armed robbery and kidnapping.

Chettrum Finnie, 26, told police that the three suspects knocked on his back door, and he told them to go to the front door. When he opened the door, Johnson and Fleming allegedly pulled out handguns, pointed one at Finnie's head, and demanded that he lay on the floor, according to the report.

The suspects then "ransacked" the home and brought another man, Randy Davis, in from the garage with guns pointed at his head, the report states.

Finnie told police that the three men took $500 in cash, credit cards, and his bank card, along with a PlayStation 3, an Xbox 360, and a Metro PCS touch-screen cellular phone.

According to the police report, Finnie said two of the suspects "tried to take his Samsung Plasma TV, valued at $700, but dropped and broke it." Finnie also told police that Johnson tried to shoot him, but the gun malfunctioned.

Davis told police the robbers made him come inside from the garage and lay on the floor next to Finnie. He said one of the men began flipping furniture, then went into his bedroom and took a $100 bill and two pairs of Air Jordan tennis shoes, as well as one pair of Air Max tennis shoes.

The suspects then fled the scene in an older model, red Pontiac Grand Am, according to the report.

When police responded to the scene, Finnie told the responding officer that "he had his bank on the phone, telling him that his bank card was being used at the Quik Trip in Morrow."

The officer then relayed that information, along with a description of the suspects and their vehicle, to police dispatch.

"Shortly after, I received information from radio [dispatch] that the offenders were detained at the Quik Trip on Mt. Zion Blvd.," the officer wrote in the police report.

Johnson, Walker and Fleming were arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail, according to the report.