Loganville police nab 2 suspects in robbery, beating of couple

Two men have been arrested in connection to a violent home invasion in Loganville and police say they are closing in on a third suspect.

J.J. Blackwell, 18, of Monroe, turned himself in to authorities Tuesday morning, WSB-TV reports. Later in the day a state trooper apprehended Corey Butler, 21, just outside of Monroe, the station said. Both men are charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault.

"I think we'll have a positive ID shortly" for the third suspect, Loganville Police Chief Mike McHugh said.

The three men are accused of attacking C.F. Ewing and his wife Epsie after the couple answered a knock on the door of their home at 214 Covington St. last Thursday. The suspects, who expressed interest in buying the Ewings' car, entered the home, beat and robbed the couple and fled with a small amount of cash.

Epsie Ewing suffered multiple fractures to her face and arms and remains in intensive care in critical, but stable, condition, according to police. C.F. Ewing suffered minor injuries and was treated at Gwinnett Medical Center and released.

McHugh was unsure why the suspects resorted to violence against the elderly couple.

"We don't know why," he said. "From everything we've found so far there's no evidence that [the Ewings] fought back. It's certainly bewildering to us why they beat them like they did."

McHugh said they aren't used to encountering such violence in their community.

"We don't have a lot of violent crimes against persons here in Loganville," he said. "Something of this magnitude is very unusual."

-- Staff reporter Christian Boone contributed to this report.