Three arrested after home invasion in Holly Springs

Three suspects were arrested Monday in connection with a violent home invasion, Holly Springs police said.

Holly Springs police Lt. Tanya Anderson said the armed suspects broke into a home on Amy Lou Circle in the Riverside subdivision around 2 a.m. Monday.

Anderson said in a press release that one of the residents was able to call 911, "but was told by one of the suspects he would be killed if he didn't tell the dispatcher that everything was okay."

Police continued to the home to check on the resident and confronted a man in a van parked outside.

"The suspect, later identified as Andra Westmoreland, fled the scene," Anderson said. Police chased Westmoreland into Woodstock, where Woodstock police set up "stop sticks" at Ridgewalk Parkway and Ford Parkway.

"The suspect lost control of his vehicle when he drove over the stop sticks and subsequently crashed," Anderson said.

Back at the home, a resident who came to the door told police that the two other suspects had fled the home on foot, according to Anderson.

The residents told officers that the suspects broke into their home and forced them to the floor with their hands behind their backs while the suspects searched the home. One female resident suffered minor facial injuries when she was struck in the head by one of the suspects, Anderson said.

Around 7 a.m., the two suspects who had fled on foot, Sharece McCowan and Damon Johnson Jr., were apprehended after a Holly Springs police sergeant noticed a woman driving through the area, "talking on a cell phone as if she was looking for someone," Anderson said. Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and McCowan and Johnson were arrested without incident, she said.