Fourth suspect charged in Enoch Drive home invasion

benw@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 8, 2014 

A man first accused of driving two home invasion suspects to Midtown Medical Center after one was shot by Columbus police on Feb. 26 pleaded not guilty Saturday to taking part in the break-in.

George Franklin Warnick III, 21, was arrested at 8 p.m. Friday on the new charges at the Public Safety Center. He was first charged with a misdemeanor marijuana possession but now faces one count each of aggravated assault, armed robbery, first-degree burglary and possession of a firearm during a crime in the home invasion of Erwin Jenkins apartment at 1026 Enoch Drive. After a hearing in Columbus Recorder’s Court, Judge Michael Joyner ordered Warnick held without bond on all charges and bound them over to Muscogee County Superior Court.

Detective Murry Gunderson testified that Warnick drove Demitrius Javan Perry, 19, and Davonte Jhaki Murphy, 21, to the hospital after police attempted to stop the car used by the suspects in the home invasion. Perry was shot in the right shoulder by officer Ryan Vardman after one occupant in the car pointed a gun as the vehicle drove toward the officer on Stratford Drive.

Police lost the vehicle but later found it abandoned in a yard two blocks away on Boxwood Boulevard.

The other suspect in the home invasion included a 16-year-old girl, who police said helped the armed men gain entry into the apartment.

Gunderson told Joyner that none of the suspects have identified Warnick. His identity as a suspect is based on witnesses at the Enoch Drive apartment complex and a description from an officer who assisted Vardman trying to stop the car on Stratford Drive.

Gunderson said Jenkins was inside the apartment when the teen girl knocked on the door at 7:25 p.m. and he allowed her inside. Jenkins, 38, locked the door behind her but the teen unlocked it when he turned his back.

That’s when three men armed with handguns entered the home, took an undisclosed amount of money and fled. Neighbors spilled outside after Jenkins ran into the streets, screaming that he had been robbed. Because he was familiar with the young girl, Jenkins went to the Stratford Drive area looking for her when he spotted the gold car the suspects used in the home invasion.

Gunderson said Perry was the driver of the vehicle. An officer at the scene on Stratford described Warnick as a back-seat passenger in the vehicle. “He was seen on Stratford Drive after the home invasion,” the detective said of Warnick.

Warnick was represented by public defender Charles Lykins during the hearing, but he did not testify.A man who drove one of three home invasion suspects to Midtown Medical Center after he was shot by police now faces charges in the Feb. 26 break-in, police said.

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