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Two arrested in deadly home invasion

June 13, 2005

Thomasville-- A horrifying attack killed an unborn baby, and left his mother in the hospital. The shooting happened Saturday when three men burst into a house in Thomasville and opened fire.

"I could tell in their voice they wanted to kill us, bad," said victim Ricardo Mitchell. "They just [kept] beating me, beating me, beating me. 'Tell me where the money's at, tell me where the money's at.'

"We were inches from not being here. Talking about inches."

Ricardo Mitchell has a painful time remembering the break-in at his house in Thomasville early Saturday morning. "Three guys came in with revolvers and a sawed off shotgun, fired three shots. One of them landed in my baby's mama's stomach and the other landed in her knee. They took the shotgun, and were beating my head in."

Takiela Johnson, Mitchell's girlfriend, was rushed to Archbold Hospital. She's expected to make a full recovery, but her unborn baby was pronounced dead in the emergency room.

"That's all she wanted, was her baby. That was her first born," Mitchell said.

Marcus Samuel and Alfred Jones have been arrested for the shooting. Police say they've been charged with feticide, which is a felony, and "They're charged with burglary, armed robbery, kidnapping, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a felon," said Sgt. Rachelle Denmark of the Thomasville Police Department.

Six charges and two suspects, but the case isn't closed yet. Police are still on the lookout for the third person. "They're still going to follow leads, collect evidence, still build their case," said Denmark.

If convicted, Samuel and Jones, both 21, could spend the rest of their lives in prison, but that's hardly a consolation for Mitchell and his girlfriend. "Ain't no justice for that," said Mitchell. "They don't ever need to see the streets, kill an innocent child, and especially shoot a female."

All for two thousand dollars and some jewelry, items Mitchell calls petty. Police say Mitchell recognized the nickname one suspect called the other suspect. Police say they were then able to trace that nickname to Samuel.

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