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Three people arrested in shooting

Three people, including a 16-year-old teenager, recently were taken into custody in connection with a drive-by-shooting in Thomson.

Investigator Lt. Scott Whittle, of the Thomson Police Department, identified the adult suspects as Bobby Anthony Speaks, 20, of Ansley Drive, Thomson, and Lakeasha Denise Sims, 23, of Rosewood Ave., Thomson. The teenager was not named because he is considered a juvenile.

The adult suspects each were charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal damage to property in the second degree, Lt. Whittle told local reporters during a press conference last Friday afternoon. The teenager was charged with the same offenses, along with one count of possession of firearm during the commission of a crime, he added.

Following their arrests on Tuesday, Feb. 9, Mr. Speaks and Ms. Sims were taken by local authorities to the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center in Thomson. Bond for the suspects was set at $15,000 each, Lt. Whittle said.

A juvenile hearing was held before Toombs Judicial Circuit Juvenile Judge Brett Hammond last Wednesday in which he was remanded into the custody of authorities at the Regional Youth Development Center in Augusta.

The trio was apprehended by McDuffie County Sheriff's Department Deputy Jeff Norton following a lookout for the vehicle believed connected to drive-by-shooting assault of two persons seated in a vehicle outside a residence on Austin Street about 9:17 p.m. last Tuesday, Lt. Whittle said. Neither of those persons was actually shot.

Bullets did, however, strike the vehicle that they were seated in, the investigator said.

Officer Patrick Sanders, who was patrolling in the area when the shots were fired, began an immediate search for the suspects' vehicle, which was described as a 2008 Dodge Ram pickup truck.

Deputy Norton later spotted the truck fitting the description of the one used in the crime and later made a stop of it. Subsequently, all three suspects were arrested there.

Web posted on Thursday, February 18, 2010

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