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Two more arrests in robbery case

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Authorities in Henry County have made two additional arrests, in a robbery case reported last month at a local high school.

Monterio Cornell Culver, 18, of McDonough, and Ryan Marcell Calhoun, 17, of Rex, are each charged with robbery and kidnapping. Both suspects appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court Friday, represented by the Public Defender's Office. Their bonds were set at $20,000 each.

Preliminary hearings in their cases were reset for April 22 by Henry County Magistrate Judge Robert Godwin.

Authorities believe the pair is connected to a Feb. 5 incident, at Stockbridge High School. Authorities said a group of individuals reportedly forced a 15-year-old boy into a darkened area below the basketball courts at the school, and took his Blackberry and $50 in cash.

Henry County Sheriff's Maj. David Foster said Culver and Calhoun were identified through a photo lineup.

"Once we determined the locations where they were, we were able to go to those addresses and make the apprehensions," Foster said.

Another suspect in the case was arrested and charged March 16. Demarkus Devon King, 17, is charged with robbery, kidnapping and simple battery. Henry County Sheriff's Sgt. Carl Veasley said, earlier this month, that King and several other black males reportedly approached the alleged victim behind the school, took his hat, pushed him and slapped him during the incident.

"The victim was released, and the suspects fled in a vehicle, yelling 'Murder Mob' as they left," Veasley said.

Veasley said the "Murder Mob" term is a reference to a Clayton County gang.

Godwin bound the charges against King over to Superior Court March 17.

Connie Rutherford, community development coordinator for Henry County Schools, expressed gratitude on behalf of the school system for the sheriff's office's work on the case.

"We are very thankful for the diligent efforts of the Henry County sheriff's department, with their timely investigation and subsequent arrests," Rutherford said.