Coweta County deputies said four men held residents at gunpoint, including a 3-year-old, during a home invasion Sunday.
Randall Austin Hazelrigs, 20, is charged with home invasion, armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and marijuana possession in connection with the incident. Deputies also arrested Alex Hunter Jordan, 18, Ashton Rodricous Blackmon, 19, and Joseph Edwin Barrera, 19, who were each charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of home invasion.
According to investigators, the men said the robbery started as a way to get back at two people who they believed were responsible for a burglary. But things got out of hand when one of them pulled out a gun.
The home invasion happened at a trailer park on Lower Fayetteville Road. Witnesses said four men entered the home wearing black bandanas, Coweta County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Col. James Yarbrough said.
About six people were in the trailer at the time, including the toddler. Yarbrough said Hazelrigs held them at gunpoint and demanded money and phones.
Authorities said the men forced the residents into a hallway and then left with more than $400 in cash.
According to Yarbrough, witnesses told deputies they recognized the men. He said a neighbor saw them leaving the trailer and was able to give deputies a description of their vehicle.
Deputies spotted the car at a Texaco gas station on Ga. 154 and took all four into custody. They found a gun, a small amount of suspected marijuana, $368 in cash and a pink iPhone, Yarbrough said.
During their interviews, some of the men said the robbery was retaliation for a recent burglary believed to have been conducted by two men who lived in the trailer, according to Investigator Brandon Thrower.
“The suspects wanted to scare two of the men who lived in the home, but said the incident escalated when Hazelrigs pulled out a gun,” Thrower said.
All four men were taken to the Coweta County Jail. They are being held without bond.
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