Four Teens Arrested in Franklin Co. Home Invasion

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

Bond is expected to be set today for four Franklin County teenagers accused in a home invasion and shooting earlier this week.

After an intense two-day search, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested the teens Wednesday.

Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas said the four donned masks and broke into the home of an elderly man near Victoria Bryant State Park Monday afternoon and demanded money. The homeowner was shot during the home invasion, said Thomas.

Thomas said a female suspect was waiting in the getaway car.

He went on to say that investigators recovered some of the stolen items, including the victim’s wallet, at various scenes and that led them to the suspects.

Arrested Wednesday were 17 year old Lindsay Kaitlyn Ray of Royston, whom Thomas said allegedly bought the masks used in the home invasion; 17-year old Emmanuel David Thorton, also of Royston, and a 16-year old juvenile.

A lookout was then issued for the fourth suspect, 18-year old Keibron Brock of Lavonia.

Thomas said Brock was allegedly the shooter and was captured Wednesday afternoon in Carnesville.

All four are charged with aggravated assault and armed robbery and are expected to make their first court appearance before the county magistrate judge sometime today.

The 16-year old will be charged as a juvenile.

Thomas said the juvenile was taken to the Youth Detention Center in Dallas, Ga.

The other three remain in the Franklin County Detention Center awaiting their first hearing.

Meantime, Thomas said the victim, who is in his 70s, continues to recover from his injury at home.