A total of five Thomson men have been arrested on burglary and other charges stemming from a residential break-in last week near Thomson that triggered a nearly 4½ hour manhunt by local and state authorities after gunshots reportedly were fired.
Thomson Police Investigator Lt. Scott Whittle, during a news conference Monday afternoon, identified the suspects as:
• Quintavious Collier, 17, of the 800 block of Ferrous Road, Thomson, one count of burglary, one count of entering an automobile and aggravated assault;
• Deyonta Demonte Wilson, 26, of the 100 block of Faubus Street, one count of burglary and one count of entering an automobile;
• Vernon Lamar Jennings, 18, of the 700 block of Robin Street, one count of burglary and one count of entering an automobile;
• Bruce Edward Ficklin, 21, of the 700 block of Robin Street, one count of burglary and one count of entering an automobile; and
• Jonathan Carlton, 25, of the 700 block of Robin Street, one count of burglary and one count of entering an automobile.
All five suspects remained behind bars at the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center on Monday night. Bail in the amount of $50,000 has been set for Mr. Wilson, Mr. Ficklin and Mr. Carlton. McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall has revoked previous bonds on burglary charges against Mr. Collier and Mr. Jennings, according to Lt. Whittle.
At the time of their most recent arrests, Mr. Collier and Mr. Jennings were both out on bond stemming from a residential break-in at the home of McDuffie County Commissioner Frederick Favors on Old Washington Road. Commissioner Favors also is pastor of Springfield Baptist Church in Thomson.
The investigator said another man, who had been taken into custody during the manhunt for investigative hold purposes, was released. "We determined that he was not involved in any way," Lt. Whittle said.
The five burglary suspects are accused of having broken into a residence at 1267 Huntley Circle on Tuesday, Feb. 10, shortly after 10 p.m., he explained. Various items were stolen - some of which since have been recovered.
Lt. Whittle said he and Officer Marquis Murray discovered a handgun behind a residence on Huntley Circle last Thursday. The weapon is believed to be the same one used in firing shots after the burglary call.
There is a possibility that other persons could be arrested since the investigation is in an ongoing phase, he added.
Last week's manhunt centered around the neighborhood of Huntley Circle, Old Washington, Cobbham and Harrison roads, as well as several streets in between. It involved several law enforcement agencies and a helicopter. The agencies included: Thomson Police Department, McDuffie County Sheriff's Department, Warren County Sheriff's Department, Columbia County Sheriff's Department and the Georgia State Patrol.