Crisp sheriff announces 3 murder arrests

Crisp sheriff announces 3 murder arrests
Geoffrey Jones, who was killed
Geoffrey Jones, who was killed

CORDELE, GA (WALB) - The Crisp County Sheriff announced Wednesday that they arrested three men in the case of a man who was killed in a home invasion over the weekend.

Officials arrested Harold Brown, 46, John Dunlap, 32, on Tuesday, and Christopher Rawls, 27 Wednesday morning.

All three men face charges of murder, malice murder, and charges for home invasion, kidnapping, and assault are coming soon.

Sheriff Billy Hancock says two masked men showed up at Geoffrey Jones' home on Old Penia Road around 1:30 Sunday morning, and planned to rob him. He also said the three knew each before the shooting.

When Jones arrived, the three men got into an argument. That's when the two masked men shot at Jones and killed him.

The men are in jail less than 72 hours after investigators say they showed up at this home on Old Penia Road intending to rob Jones.

Investigators have been working non-stop since 1:30 Sunday morning.

"I'm thankful for this country I live in, my God, and I am thankful for these [investigators]," said Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock.

More than a half dozen agencies have assisted in the murder investigation.

"Interviews Monday night led us to some people that we wanted to question yesterday, which led late yesterday afternoon to the district attorney's office helping us prepare murder warrants, malice murder warrants, for 3 individuals," said Sheriff Hancock.

"We could not have done it without everybody working together as a team--dropping any particular uniform or badge, but just becoming United as one," said Sheriff Hancock.

Dunlap and Brown were caught Tuesday at their home in Cordele. Rawls was caught this morning after a short foot chase in Dooly County.

"Rawls and Brown actually lived together in a house here in Cordele. Dunlap was a neighbor and a close friend. They all had some relationship sort of hustling on the streets," said GBI Agent Rhett Moore.

Agents processed the car today. They say Dunlap was driving as he dropped off Rawls and Brown. They're accused of going inside to rob Jones, agents are unsure of their relationship with him.

"We're not sure exactly if they had a close relationship, but they knew of him," said Moore.

The investigation is far from over.

"I can assure you that there's probably going to be more arrests. There are people in this community who have hidden, who have given rides to, and possibly tampered with evidence," said Sheriff Hancock.

Jones's girlfriend and another friend were home at the time of the shooting and possibly witnessed it.

Sheriff Hancock adds that it's time for folks in the community to stand up. He urges you to call his office if you know anyone who assisted in covering up this crime or had knowledge that they withheld.  The three suspects have not appeared before a judge yet.

The sheriff's office was assisted by the GBI, the District Attorney's office, Community Supervision, Georgia State Patrol, US Marshals, Cordele Police Department and the FBI.

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