Rob­bery vic­tims ar­rested

Drugs found in home with sleep­ing chil­dren

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Am­ber Pittman

A rou­tine check on a call of gun­fire Tues­day night turned tricky when deputies found out they were re­ally deal­ing with an armed rob­bery where at least one per­son had been tied up, ac­cord­ing to re­ports. Things turned stranger still when sev­eral peo­ple at the home were ar­rested on drug charges.

Deputies from the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice were on their way to the home on Al­mon Road at roughly 11:24 p.m. when dis­patch in­formed them the call had changed from a firearms dis­charge call to that of an armed rob­bery.

When deputies ar­rived, they re­port­edly found two fe­males – one hold­ing a baby and the other with her hands tied be­hind her back – and a man, stand­ing out­side of the res­i­dence.

While se­cur­ing the res­i­dence, deputies al­legedly no­ticed a small off-white crys­tal sub­stance on the kitchen floor in plas­tic

wrap. Deputies be­lieved this to be crack co­caine. There was also some green leafy sub­stance re­port­edly found in an open drawer next to a dig­i­tal scale, which deputies be­lieved­was mar­i­juana. In ad­di­tion to the child be­ing held by one of the women out­side of the res­i­dence, there were also two other chil­dren in the home, both asleep, ac­cord­ing to re­ports. Deputies no­ticed the back door ap­peared to have been forced open and a spent shot­gun shell­was found in the liv­ing room next to a hole in the wall. When they spoke with the three peo­ple out­side of the home, deputies were given a de­scrip­tion of two men wear­ing black shirts and blue jean shorts. As deputies walked around the out­side of the home they re­port­edly found a red car in the drive­way with the driver’s side win­dow busted out and a spent shot­gun shell next to the car. At this point, two other males walked up to the scene and re­port­edly said they went to the store and came home dur­ing the rob­bery. While they were in­ter­viewed, an­other man came on the scene and told deputies he­was the home­owner. Though it was un­clear what ex­actly the in­ter­views by in­ves­ti­ga­tors and deputies un­cov­ered, when all­was said and done, the three sub­jects at the­home, as well as thehome­owner – April Wine Yar­brough, Bre­anna Marie Roberts, Ricky Cor­nelius Barr Jr and Court­ney Tavaris Stan­ford – were all ar­rested and charged with pos­ses­sion of co­caine, pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana less than one ounce and cru­elty to chil­dren in the third de­gree.

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