Search Warrant Leads to Two Arrests

A search at a Stephens County residence leads to two arrests.

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that deputies went to a house on BelAir drive on Friday after obtaining information on the location of a wanted fugitive.

Shirley said upon arrival, the deputies made contact with 26-year-old Cory Stephen Holbrooks of Toccoa and 20-year-old Racheal Cassandra Strickland of Martin.

According to the sheriff, Holbrooks was immediately arrested on outstanding felony warrants out of Hart County including Felony Obstruction of an Officer, Aggravated Assault, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Fleeing and Attempting to Elude.

The sheriff went on to say that the arrest ended up not being that simple.

“While being walked to the vehicle, Holbrooks took off running, while handcuffed, from deputies in an attempt to escape,” said Shirley. “He was run down by deputies and after a brief struggle with Holbrooks, he was secured in the rear of a deputy’s patrol vehicle.”

Shirley said that Holbrooks continued to thrash about the back of the patrol vehicle after being taken into custody, requiring the deputy to stop multiple times and re-secure Holbrooks’ seat belt.

The sheriff said that after arresting Holbrooks, his deputies searched the camper he and Strickland were in.

“After a search of the camper that Holbrooks and Strickland were located in, deputies found methamphetamine along with multiple baggies used in preparing the drug for sale,” said Shirley.

Both Holbrooks and Strickland were then charged with Possession of Methamphetamine in Stephens County.

Holbrooks was also charged with Escape in Stephens County.