Corey Leondrea Tower
Photo: Coweta County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Coweta County Sheriff's Office

Man who helped ex-NBA player in $100K robbery surrenders, officials say

A man who allegedly helped former NBA player James “J.J.” Hickson in a violent armed robbery and home invasion is in custody in Coweta County.

Corey Leondrea Tower, 28, surrendered to authorities Monday, sheriff’s spokesman Col. Jimmy Yarbrough said.

Tower and Hickson, who played high school basketball in Cobb County, took part in the incident off Rowe Road near Senoia on June 15, according to authorities.

Hickson, 29, entered the home through a side door and attacked a 17-year-old resident, police said. Hickson’s face and head allegedly were covered.

About $100,000 was taken in the robbery, according to the incident report.

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The victim is expected to be OK after getting medical treatment.

Hickson was arrested by another agency the same day and turned over to Coweta County authorities. He is jailed  without bond.

A witness took a photo of a vehicle, which helped investigators track Hickson.

Like Hickson, Tower is facing a charge of armed robbery with a knife and is being held without bond at the Coweta County Jail.

Sheriff’s officials previously said two people were involved in the incident, although Hickson was the only suspect listed in the incident report.

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