By Jason A. Smith
A criminal case will go forward for four men suspected of trying to rob a McDonough bank at gunpoint.
Jequavius Marquez Arnold, 19, of Ellenwood, Saul Bennie Hayles, Jr., 19, of Jonesboro, Markes Andre, 22, of Stockbridge, and Terry Louis McCray, 20, of Atlanta, each appeared in Magistrate Court Wednesday. All four waived their rights to preliminary hearings.
Judge Robert Godwin bound their cases over to Henry County Superior Court.
Each of the men is charged with criminal intent to commit armed robbery. Arnold, Hayles and McCray are also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
McCray was released from the Henry County Jail Thursday, on $20,000 bond, said Henry Sheriff's Maj. Jeff Norman. Arnold, Hayles and Andre remained behind bars Friday, according to jail records.
The suspects are believed to be connected to a Nov. 2 robbery attempt, at the First State Bank at 2316 Ga. Highway 155 North in McDonough, according to Henry County Police Maj. Jason Bolton.
"Bank employees had observed two subjects approaching the bank wearing masks," he said in the initial days of the investigation. "Employees acted quickly, and locked the bank's doors prior to the subjects entering. The subjects fled the scene in a maroon Chevrolet Impala, which was parked on Crumbley Road."
Police, Bolton continued, located and stopped the Impala near the bank, shortly after the incident. Arnold, Hayles, Andre and McCray were found inside the vehicle, said the major, along with a pair of firearms.
The alleged culprits are each represented by court-appointed attorneys -- Andre and Arnold, by the Public Defender's Office; Hayles, by Suesan Miller; and McCray, by Fred Jones.
Miller said she was "pleased" when Hayles was granted a bond. "It's much easier to work on a client's case, when they are out of jail and are able to assist me with their case.," Miller said.
Jones, and Public Defender Gary Bowman, could not be reached for comment.