Newton County Sheriff’s Office personnel were out in force Thursday around 6 a.m. to serve simultaneous warrants at 70 Middleton Drive and 370 Springlake Terrace. Two arrests were made at that time and a third arrest was made Friday morning. One suspect is still wanted in connection with the May 3 shooting of a 20-year-old Middleton Drive man.
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COVINGTON -- Newton County Sheriff's Office personnel swarmed into the Silos of Ellington housing complex at dawn Thursday to serve two search warrants and four arrests warrants pertaining to the shooting of a Middleton Drive resident on May 3.
According to NCSO Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison, deputies and investigators were cheered by members of the neighborhood who drove by, giving them a thumbs up and shouting thank you.
"The residents were saying, 'Thank you for helping to clean our neighborhood up,' and saying, "We asked the sheriff for help and he's responded,'" Morrison said.
An active Neighborhood Watch program is in effect at the Silos complex and many residents have expressed the desire to "take their neighborhood back" in the wake of several shootings and criminal incidents that have plagued the area.
Arrested and charged Thursday were Joe Ike Crosby, 45, of 70 Middleton Drive and Andrew Burrell, 26, of 370 Springlake Terrace, both of whom were charged with aggravated battery, criminal trespass, reckless conduct and discharge of firearms on or near a public highway.
Friday morning a third suspect was located and arrested. He is Joe Ike Crosby III, 25, of 1736 Salem Woods Drive, Conyers, and he was charged with party to a crime of aggravated battery.
A fourth suspect Terence Elliot Benjamin, 24, has not been located, but he also has warrants for the charge of party to a crime of aggravated battery. Morrison said Benjamin's last known address was in the Silos complex, but his current address is not known.
"Evidence was collected at the scene of the shooting, a thorough investigation was conducted and enough probable cause was developed to have these warrants issued," Morrison said.
The warrants stem from an incident in which a 20-year-old man was shot after he left his home at 30 Middleton Drive and drove to Springlake Terrace.
"The residents at Middleton Drive said they heard shots and then the victim drove back home, stumbled out of his vehicle and said he had been shot and needed to go to the hospital," Morrison said.
The man was shot in the chest and arm and continues to recover.