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Shots fired during home invasion

Robert Ford Robert Ford
Marquell Ryce Marquell Ryce
Cornelius Allen Cornelius Allen

By Cade Fowler - bio | email

Dougherty County, GA (WALB) - For the fifth time in less than a week, a Dougherty County home was the target of ruthless armed robbers. 

Police have named the suspects as Marquell Ryce, Cornelius Allen, and Robert Ford. They were all quickly arrested and are being held in the Dougherty County Jail.

What began as a knock on the door at 2426 Gibson Road was just the beginning of a violent early morning home invasion.

"I said come around to the back. Before I could get to the back door, they were in my house," said "J. J." For his own safety he wish to not show his face camera, but says he was completely caught off guard when three armed men burst through his door.

"He said they was looking for money. I told him we didn't have any money. And then I guess they couldn't get no money, so they started pushing everybody around with the guns. He pushed me down and put the gun in my mouth. I pushed the gun away from my face."

It was at this time when the home invader made a bold and nearly deadly decision

"He stuck it to my head and then I moved. Just as I moved he pulled the trigger and shot the furniture," said "J. J."

You can see where the bullet entered the chair and then exited through a wall.  Six people were inside the home at the time of the robbery. One of them was able to call 911.

With police on the way, the armed robbers made a quick attempt to steal whatever they could get away with. "J. J." and the others knew the robbers meant business and did exactly what they said.

"He made us all start moving furniture to the back door so they could take it away, but the police came."

Within minutes DCP officers were on the scene and the suspects ran on foot into the woods. K-9 units were called in to search the dark, rural area near Gravel Hill and Gibson roads for the three home invaders, two of whom had their faces covered with duct tape masks.

Police found a man hiding near the home. He was taken into custody and is being held as a person of interest. In the mean time, officers interviewed witnesses and towed away a suspicious truck found parked not far from the crime scene.

Right now the hunt is on for at least two others who terrorized and ransacked a home, leaving this victim wondering how he made it out alive.

"I was saying my goodbyes," said "J. J."

The suspects were last seen wearing beige, dark blue, and camo jump suits.

It's too early to tell if the men behind this crime are connected to other recent home invasions in Dougherty County and Albany. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Dougherty County Police.



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