ALAPAHA, GA (WALB) - Around 9:45 Wednesday night, the owner of the Food Depot in Alapaha was getting out of his car at his home when the four suspects approached him.
"He was approached by four black males. One had a gun. They robbed him at his place of residence, then they took him to the store which he operates and they robbed him there," said Alapaha Police Chief Joshua Jones.
The suspects took cash from the register and some cigars. But they weren't done with the store owner yet. "After robbin' him there at the store," Jones explained, "they took him out back behind the store and assaulted him and left him unconscious."
Thankfully, after regaining consciousness, the store owner was able to make it to his house near by but he didn't want to call and report the incident immediately. "A threat was made on his life, so he was nervous about calling 911. So, he eventually made a phone call and 911 was called," Jones said.
Alapaha Police and the Berrien County Sheriff's Office began working the case early Thursday morning, and by the end of the day the four suspects were behind bars. 19 year-old Corbin Boone and 18 year-old Jarvis Lumpkin are being held at the Berrien County Jail. The other two suspects were high school-aged juveniles who attended the alternative school in Berrien County.
"Due to the severity of the crimes and everything that's involved in it, yes, sir, they have a high probability of being charged as an adult," Jones pointed out. As of Friday night, they were being held in a detention center in Waycross. All four face charges of aggravated assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment, armed robbery, burglary, and home invasion.