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Police say man followed women from banks, robbed them

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@henryherald.com

McDONOUGH — Henry County police said a Morrow man followed at least two bank customers to a second location where he broke into their cars and stole cash.

Mackenzie Cory McMullen, 32, of Lilac Drive made his first appearance in Henry County Magistrate Court Wednesday morning on two counts of entering an auto. He told Magistrate Judge Wes Shannon he would hire his own attorney. Shannon set a $1,750 bond.

The first alleged incident was reported Feb. 3. Police said McMullen followed a woman from a Bank of America to a Waffle House. Once the woman went inside, police said McMullen opened her unlocked passenger door and stole $525 in cash she'd just withdrawn from the bank.

A similar incident was reported April 12. Police said McMullen followed a woman from a Bank of America to Navy Federal Credit Union. When the woman left her GMC Yukon, police said McMullen broke the front passenger window and took $3,300 in cash she'd withdrawn from the bank.

Several defendants arrested Christmas Day made their first appearances Wednesday morning. Kelvin Bernard Warren, 34, of Yonker's Avenue in Atlanta was charged with obstruction of an officer. Police said he fought with a Henry County sheriff's deputy. The deputy suffered a broken rib and bruised kidney.

He is being held in the Henry County Jail on $25,000 bond for public drunk and obstruction of an officer.

Forrest Dean Hill, 24, of Village Place in Stockbridge was arrested Tuesday for simple assault. Police said he made threats against everyone in the house Christmas Day, including his wife, who is eight months pregnant. Shannon said Hill could be released on his own recognizance.

Stacey Dell Florence, 24, of Sable Chase Boulevard in McDonough was charged with obstruction of an officer and given a $750 bond. Florence was arrested after allegedly lying to police about his date of birth during an investigation of a disturbance Tuesday.

A convicted felon most recently released from state prison in 2006 for theft by receiving stolen property was arrested Tuesday for allegedly beating up his live-in girlfriend. Police charged John Lane Bentley, 44, of Knottingham Court in Stockbridge for battery under the Family Violence Act and keeping a person from making a 911 call.

Police said Bentley punched the woman, dragged her by the hair and pushed her through a glass window. Police said he took her cell phone to keep her from calling 911. He is being held on $1,050 bond.

Georgia Department of Corrections records show Bentley was convicted of theft by receiving stolen property and released in June 2006.