Crime

Three suspects nabbed in break-in that left elderly woman beaten, doused with flammable liquid

A man and two teens have been arrested in the Thursday break-in that left an elderly Grantville, Ga., woman beaten and doused with a flammable liquid, the Meriwether County sheriff said Tuesday.

Sheriff Chuck Smith identified the suspects as Justin Pierce Grady, 38, of Grantville, Cortavious Deshun Heard, 18, and Shanquavious Keontrell Cameron, 17. All are held without bond in the county jail. Grady and Heard previously worked at the home where the break-in occurred, the sheriff said.

Grady will be charged with criminal attempt felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, armed robbery, first-degree arson, first-degree burglary, cruelty to a person who is 65 years or older and battery. He also will be charged in an Aug. 2 incident at the same location in the 7700 block of Forrest Road in Grantville involving the theft of a purse. Charges include conspiracy to commit a crime of first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime of financial transaction card theft and conspiracy to commit identity theft fraud when using or possessing identity information.

Heard listed addresses in Grantville and Hogansville. He faces the same eight charges as Grady and three additional charges in connection with the theft of the woman’s purse.

Cameron of Hogansville faces the same eight charges in Thursday’s break-in and additional charges of first-degree burglary, financial transaction card theft and identity theft fraud when using or possessing identity information in the missing purse.

Smith recognized the efforts of detectives and assisting agencies with the case. More arrests are possible, he said.

“I appreciate hard work that our personnel along with the supporting agencies have provided to make these arrests in this heinous crime along with the other case investigation,” the sheriff said. “We are not finished with our investigation, but I feel it is important for me to express my heartfelt thanks. It is through collaboration with these supporting agencies that has made this possible.”

Detectives took the suspects in custody on Monday in connection with the Thursday home invasion. The elderly woman was beaten and doused with a flammable liquid before the intruders fled.

The suspects were found in the Troup and Coweta counties area.

“As we located these suspects, other items of evidential value were found and additional witnesses were interviewed,” Smith said. “We also were able to obtain videotape evidence that assisted us in the substantiation of what was known at the time. Enough probable cause was developed through the course of the investigation for us to obtain arrest warrants thus leading us to file formal charges.”

The sheriff is still seeking information in the cases. “We are seeking the public’s help with any additional information that can be obtained concerning these subjects or their activities prior to and after this incident occurred,” he said. “We are seeking information related to any locations that these individuals arrested may have stayed in the Troup or Coweta County area related to motels/hotels or the like. We are still seeking additional persons of interest related to these two case investigations.”

The sheriff also recognized the efforts from assisting agencies. They include the GBI Crime Scene Unit, Georgia Department of Community Supervision, Hogansville Police Department, LaGrange Police Department, Coweta County Sheriff’s Office and the Newnan Police Department which helped track down suspects.

Anyone with information should contact the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office at 706-672-4489.

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