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Clayton County inmate faces 87-count indictment

JONESBORO — A Jonesboro man being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail on armed robbery was indicted this week on 87 charges related to a string of crimes.

Clayton County police said Tequez Lapalle Miller, 20, of Cardinal Lane “terrorized” area businesses in December 2010.

Miller faces 57 aggravated assault charges, 14 counts of armed robbery, eight of simple battery, four of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, three of false imprisonment and one count of burglary in the first degree.

The alleged incidents happened Dec. 8, Dec. 15, Christmas Day and Dec. 28 and involved multiple victims, some of whom were pistol-whipped, police said.

Miller was arrested in April 2011 and charged with co-defendants. According to court records, Kayla Barnes, 23, pleaded under the First Offender Act to some of her charges in July 2012 and got a suspended sentence.

Charges against co-defendants Xavier Calloway and Donovan Gordon Blackson were dropped, according to court records.

Miller was indicted in March for allegedly kicking and stomping the house mother of a group home where his girlfriend and their baby were living Dec. 13, 2010, when he was 17. Police said the girl went willingly but neither had legal custody of the 1-month-old.

He faces pending multiple charges of kidnapping, simple battery and interference with custody.

A Palmetto man was indicted on three counts each of rape and statutory rape. John Henry Davenport, 49, is being held in the Clayton County Jail without bond on alleged sex charges involving a female under 16.

According to Georgia Department of Corrections, Davenport served two previous prison terms for drug convictions.

A Warner Robins man faces child sex charges involving a girl under 10. Thomas Christopher Jackson, 31, was indicted for rape, two counts each of aggravated child molestation and aggravated sodomy and one of child molestation.

The alleged acts were reported during the first six months of 2011, according to the indictment.

Francisco Mendoza, 61, of Jonesboro was indicted on child sex charges. He faces charges of enticing a child for indecent purposes, aggravated sexual battery, child molestation and two counts of sexual battery against a minor.

Bryan Randolph Avery was indicted for beating his wife in June. He faces charges of false imprisonment, simple battery under the Family Violence Act, simple battery, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and interference with a 911 call.

Police said Mendoza had inappropriate physical contact with a girl under 16 in January 2006.

Luis Alberto Romero was indicted for aggravated battery, battery, simple battery and third-degree child cruelty. The indictment alleges Romero beat two women in front of a child June 1. One woman suffered a broken nose, police said.

Jihad Quasim Jenkins was indicted for texting while driving, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, not wearing a seatbelt, driving on an expired tag, not having his license with him and owning a vehicle with a secret compartment.

Qudus Kanmi Kasumu was indicted for crossing the guard line of Clayton County Jail with marijuana on Nov. 23, 2011.

All defendants should be considered innocent until proven guilty.