Teen jailed in ongoing home invasion probe

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

By Jason A. Smith


The arrest of a Forest Park teenager makes the second arrest in connection with a McDonough home invasion last August. Police are continuing to search for two suspects in connection with the incident.

Chad Barry Hudgins, 18, was being held in the Henry County Jail without bond. He appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court Monday, represented by the Public Defender's Office.

Judge Robert Godwin reset a preliminary hearing in Hudgins' case for Feb. 16.

Hudgins was arrested by a deputy Jan. 7, and charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault, the Henry County Sheriff's Office's Warrants Division has confirmed.

Henry County Police believe Hudgins, along with Jeremy Kelly, 25, of Ellenwood, and two others, robbed a home on Tether Lane in McDonough Aug. 8, said Police Maj. Jason Bolton.

"Three offenders -- Jeremy Kelly, Joseph Pharr, and Chad Hudgins -- invaded the victim's residence with a handgun and knives," Bolton said. "The offenders assaulted two adult male victims, pointed a handgun at [one] victim and her 15-year-old son, and stole two flat screen TVs, a cellular phone, and approximately $200.

"There is a fourth, unidentified offender, who goes by the name of Nikki McCain, Nikki Brown, or Frances McCain -- [a] white female, 25-30 years of age," Bolton continued. "She let the three offenders into the residence to commit the robbery. She then left with the other three offenders in a possible white Dodge Ram truck."

The female suspect, known as Nikki McCain, is believed to be in the Clayton County Jail, on a separate case, according to Henry County Police. No additional information was available Friday about McCain, or Joseph Pharr. On Friday, police continued to search for Pharr.

The owner of the home, who was allegedly robbed, Dawn Patricia Long, 39, was reportedly arrested by Henry County Police Aug. 30. She was suspected of conducting drug sales from her home, stealing, and breaking into a neighbor's residence.

According to Bolton, the armed robbery is "related" to the case against Long.

Long was sentenced Dec. 14 to five years in prison, for possession of methamphetamine and theft by receiving stolen property, according to Superior Court records. She will serve one year in confinement, and the remainder of her sentence on probation, Superior Court records state.

The major also said Friday, 18-year-old Chad Barry Hudgins was transferred to Henry County from DeKalb County.

Defendant Jeremy Kelly appeared Dec. 27, in Henry County Magistrate Court, without an attorney. Judge David Brown reset a preliminary hearing for Jan. 21. Kelly was arrested on Christmas Eve for armed robbery and aggravated assault. He was in the Henry Jail on $100,000 bond, according to jail records.

Bolton said two of the victims, who knew the alleged assailants, suffered "minor cuts and bruises."