Stepfon Omari Sanford (left), Hilda Jocelyn Aguilar
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

Man, woman accused of shooting bystander several times in Cobb apartment

A man and a woman face two felonies in connection with a shooting that critically injured a bystander in a Cobb County apartment last week, authorities said.

Stepfon Omari Sanford, 27, of Marietta, and Hilda Jocelyn Aguilar, 26, of Fayetteville, face counts of aggravated assault and aggravated battery as a result of the shooting, according to a Cobb police arrest warrant.

The duo are accused of shooting at an apartment within the Arrow Lakeside Lodge nine times last Friday, hitting a man several times in his arms and back, the warrant said. The victim, identified as Demarcus Ferguson, was not the target of the gunfire, investigators said.

The incident began about 4:30 a.m. when the apartment’s resident heard a knock on the door and a man calling his name while asking if he was home, the warrant said. The resident is not Ferguson, who was also in the apartment at the time.

The resident lied to the man and said he was not home, prompting the man to leave, the warrant said. About 15 minutes later, a woman began to knock on the door, saying that she tried to call the resident’s cellphone but got no answer.

The resident continued to ignore the knocking, which then escalated to gunfire.

Nine shots were fired at the apartment’s door, missing the resident and hitting Ferguson, the warrant said.

Officers later identified Sanford as the man and Aguilar as the woman. The warrant did not say who fired the shots or why they were trying to contact the resident.

A neighbor spotted a tan Nissan Maxima speed away from the scene after the shooting. A license plate reader captured a photo of the car near Fabor and Austell roads about 4:50 a.m.

Police later called the vehicle’s owner, identified as Sanford’s ex-girlfriend, who told officers that he was using the car that morning. Sanford and Aguilar were arrested Monday and booked into jail on the felony charges.

The two remain in custody without bond, jail records show.

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