A Clayton County man wanted in connection with a string of armed home invasions dating to 2015 was arrested Tuesday, deputies said.
Larry Demon Edwards, 31, was charged with 80 felonies after he was nabbed by Clayton County deputies and U.S. Marshals at a home in Rex.
Authorities linked Edwards to five home invasions and robberies that occurred across the county in the summer of 2015, deputies said, but they hadn’t been able to arrest him.
The alleged robberies occurred at homes in Jonesboro, Morrow and Ellenwood while people were home.
In most of the cases, the victims reported being struck by a closed fist or a firearm before they were robbed by people who forced their way inside, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
In one case, a couple told police they were sleeping when a group made its way downstairs and kicked down the doors to their children’s bedrooms.
“The assailants struck the male victim with a gun and slapped the female victim, demanding to know where the money was,” deputies said.
Edwards was briefly detained in September 2015 when Clayton County police tracked him to a home and raided it overnight. Several men were charged in connection with the home invasion, but Edwards managed to slip out of his handcuffs and escape, Channel 2 Action News reported at the time.
On Tuesday, Edwards was arrested at his girlfriend’s home after allegedly trying to escape by backing out of the garage in a black BMW, authorities said.
He is charged with 12 counts of armed robbery, six counts of kidnapping, 20 counts of aggravated assault, 18 counts of possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony, one count of hijacking a motor vehicle, three counts of first-degree cruelty to children, two counts of criminal attempt to commit a felony, 13 counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and five counts of home invasion.
Edwards also faces a charge of violating probation, possession of tools to commit a crime and two counts of obstruction, police said. His girlfriend, Alantis Danielle Duffy, also faces one count of obstruction, records show.
Edwards has served two stints in prison since 2007, according to Georgia Department of Corrections records. He’s been convicted of aggravated assault on a peace officer, obstruction, fleeing police, robbery and criminal trespass, among other charges. In total, he’s spent about two years behind bars.
He remains held without bond at the Clayton County jail, records show.
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