Four people are behind bars in connection with a July 14 “robbery gone bad” that left a 19-year-old Clayton County mother of two dead, authorities said.
Police were called to the Anthos at Chase Ridge apartments on Ga. 85 outside Riverdale about 9 p.m. There, they found Sijeria Parks with a gunshot wound to the head.
Clayton County investigators believe Parks was shot after luring a man she met on Instagram to the apartment complex, where several others were waiting to rob him.
“During the course of the attempted robbery a shootout transpired between the robbers and the intended victim of the robbery,” investigators said. “The female who set up the robbery was shot in the head during the shootout and later succumbed to her injuries.”
The intended victim was able to escape the apartment and call police, authorities said.
A witness told Channel 2 Action News that Parks ran to a neighbor’s home for help after the shooting, asked if she’d been shot and then collapsed.
On Thursday, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office said four of Parks’ alleged accomplices were in custody and charged with the woman’s murder.
“All of the robbers in this ‘robbery gone bad’ are being held responsible for the death of their co-conspirator,” deputies said in a news release announcing the arrests.
The four people charged are Clifford Devon Bonds, Beldon Roger Sparks, Towheed Sylvester Gary and Juanita Cassandra Jones.
According to police, Jones was Parks’ cousin and was at the apartment during the attempted robbery and shooting. Police said the woman changed her story several times while speaking with detectives, but admitted knowing about the setup ahead of time. She is charged with murder during the commission of a felony, armed robbery and making false statements.
Sparks, who allegedly took part in the robbery, was arrested in Columbus, police said. He is charged with murder during the commission of a felony, armed robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Gary was arrested Wednesday in Morrow and Bonds turned himself in late Thursday night, authorities said. They face the same charges as Sparks.
All four remain held at the Clayton County jail without bond, records show.
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