Arrest made in Pelham armed robbery

Arrest made in Pelham armed robbery
Hopkins and Lenton
Hopkins and Lenton

PELHAM, GA (WALB) - One man is now charged in a home invasion in Mitchell County, and investigators are still looking for another person.

Willie Hopkins says he doesn't know who stormed in his front door with a gun Monday night at 11:48 p.m. After a few days away from home, he feels safe to go back.

He's still a little bruised up after a scary home invasion and robbery at his Pelham apartment. "Back injuries, leg injuries but luckily I'm alive, said Hopkins.

Mitchell County investigators say a masked gunman went into Hopkins' unlocked apartment and pistol whipped him and his friend Monday night. Hopkins says he still upset.

"I hate it happened that way, so I'm glad they caught the person at the time," said Hopkins.

Investigators say Fershaudrick Russell was the lookout during the crime. He was caught running from the scene and taken in for questioning.

"I could not find anyone that notice a lookout, they just seen the one individual running into the apartment so we have to establish is it the one we have in custody or someone else. We have determined it was not him. He did actively participate but he wasn't the one running into the apartment," said Inv. Melvin Ray.

The unknown robber took $50 and ran out the back door.

"That's all they got. So they wasting they're time and they about to pay the price," said Tracey Lenton, mother.

Russell was denied bond on armed robbery and burglary charges and is not being cooperative with the investigation. Investigators say he denis any activity during the robbery. "He was armed with a firearm, he was clad in a ski mask and a white knit watch cap so he will be charged with the same crimes at the other, In the state of Georgia you can be charged with parties to a crime if you have knowledge of a crime being committed  and didn't stop to report the crime," said Ray.

Several neighbors heard Hopkins yelling for help and called 911. "I sure appreciate what they did. If nobody heard it I could have been killed," said Hopkins.

Both men had guns and ski mask. One gun has been recovered, the other may still be with the other suspect.. 

Hopkins and Investigators say there are no cameras at the apartment complex. Hopkins says he is happy one suspect is off the street.

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