Three arrests made in connection with hair weave shooting

CONYERS — Three more suspects have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting that occurred last week during an attempted hair weave robbery.

With the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service, the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office arrested on Friday 20-year-old Brandon Jay Lamothe of 987 Locust Drive N.E., Conyers; James Wansley Edwards, 21, of 5231 Traci Drive, Stone Mountain; and 19-year-old Damani Carta Young, of 1129 River Tusk Place in Conyers.

On Thursday, 21-year-old Jennifer Menzies was shot and killed during an armed robbery attempt of some hair weaves in the parking lot of the pool area in the Fountain Crest subdivision located off Ga. Highway 138/Ga. Highway 20 South.

According to the RCSO, a male and a female drove to the south Rockdale County subdivision to sell hair weaves to Christina Menzies of Covington.

The victims reported they began speaking with Menzies when a group of people — including Jennifer Menzies, who is believed to be Christina Menzies’ sister — came from the bushes toward the victims’ truck, one of them pointing a handgun, the press release from the RCSO states.The victims exchanged gunfire with the suspects, and, as a result, Jennifer Menzies was shot.

Christina Menzies reportedly left the scene in a vehicle with Jennifer Menzies and was heading toward Rockdale Medical Center on Ga. Highway 138 when an RCSO deputy stopped the car. The deputy called for an ambulance to take Jennifer Menzies to Rockdale Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead.

Christina Menzies, 19, of 60 Oakwood Lane, Covington, was arrested and charged with being a party to the crime of armed robbery and making false statements.

As a result of a lookout, deputies captured Jaquan House, 20, of 210 Odyssey Turn in Conyers, near the scene. He was charged with armed robbery.

The Sheriff’s Office continued to search for two additional suspects, later identified as Lamothe and Edwards, and had enlisted the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Task Force.

On Friday morning, investigators tracked Lamothe to a home at 1129 River Tusk Trail in north Rockdale County. After knocking on the door for about 10 minutes, Damani Young answered the door, according to the incident report.

“Mr. Young was asked if suspect Brandon Lamothe and James Edwards (were) in the house,” the report states. “Mr. Young said no.”

Young allegedly told investigators a number of times that neither Lamothe nor Edwards were there. After being told that he would go to jail if the two men were found in the home, Young said, “’You got ‘em,’” the report states.

Investigators found both Lamothe and Edwards hiding in the upstairs of the house, according to the report.

“James Edwards came downstairs. I noticed that he had an injury to his left leg,” said Investigator Bradley Stewart in the incident report.

Edwards reportedly said that he had been hit by a car the night before and received treatment from a hospital in DeKalb County.

“I noticed that he had on a leg brace and some type of rag or shirt under the brace,” Stewart reported. “I knew that this type of dressing was not consistent with someone getting medical help from a hospital.”

The RCSO did not release further information Monday about Edwards’ injury.

As Stewart was placing handcuffs on Lamothe, he reportedly told the investigator, “Y’all got me.”

Stewart stated he didn’t say anything to Lamothe other than to advise him he had three felony probation warrants.

Lamothe has been charged with probation violation and party to a crime of armed robbery.

Edwards has been charged with armed robbery, and Young has been charged with willful obstruction of law enforcement officers.