An unknown Facebook posting among a cadre of people who knew each other, but were not BFFs, has led to a physical altercation, and landed four of them in the Henry County Jail, on a variety of charges.
The foursome, apparently spoiling for a fight over a posting on the social-networking, Internet site, went to the home of a Hampton man, who some of them knew from Facebook, attacked him, and threatened a female guest with a gun, according to Sgt. Mike Ireland, of the Henry County Police Department.
Barry Bell, 22, of Douglasville; Preston Head, 21, of Atlanta; Derrek McCree, 21, of Fairburn, and Kayla Randolph, 20, of Ellenwood, appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court recently for their alleged actions. Their cases were reset to July 21, Judge Robert Godwin.
Bell and Head were in the Henry County Jail without bond Tuesday. McCree has a $25,000 bond, and Randolph's bond is $705. Bond for them had not been posted at press time.
"It appears they went there to fight," said Ireland. He said the investigation is still underway. Ireland said the nature of the posting that sparked the fight also is unknown.
Police said what they have been able to determine is that Bell, Head, McCree and Randolph drove to a Brisley Circle home, in Hampton, after some kind of argument over a Facebook posting.
"The accused did with intent to commit theft, took from the persons ... a lap top computer ... use of a hand gun. The accused then caused bodily harm ... hitting the victim in the left eye and nose ...," according to arrest warrants for the four.
Police said the suspects "made contact with the homeowner and his girlfriend," despite being warned not to come on the property.
"Derrek McCree held the homeowner, while Barry Bell was striking him about his body with his fist," said Sgt. Ireland. "Preston Head then pointed a gun at the homeowner's girlfriend," according to an arrest warrant.
Bell, Head, McCree, and Randolph left the residence with a laptop, according to police. The homeowner then called 911, and a lookout was given on a dark Volvo with the description of the suspects, added Ireland.
"Uniform Patrol officers stopped the vehicle a short distance away from the incident location," said the sergeant. "The homeowner went to the area of the traffic stop and positively identified all the subjects as being involved in the incident."
The homeowner did not sustain any life-threatening injuries, continued Ireland.
Bell, Head, McCree, and Randolph are each charged with two counts of armed robbery, battery and criminal trespassing. Head was also charged with pointing or aiming a gun or pistol at another person, and possession of a firearm or knife during a commission of, or attempt to commit, certain felonies, according to the arrest warrants.