Demarcus Jawan Parks

Police Catch Home Invader, Warrants Issued For Another

Police Detectives have arrested one suspect and are looking for more after a violent Home Invasion Robbery in LaGrange.

Thursday evening about 5:04 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded the Lee’s Crossing Apartments on Old Airport Road in reference to a Home Invasion.

Officers arrived and spoke to the victims, who advised an unknown male wearing a hood knocked on their door. Initially not thinking much about it, the male victim cracked the door, at which point several unknown other unknown males forced the door open and struck him in the forehead with a handgun.

The subjects, about six or seven black males who appeared to be mostly teenagers, then held the couple and their toddler child at gunpoint as they ransacked the apartment.

According to the victims, the suspects were armed with handguns and a rifle as they went throughout their apartment stealing numerous items.

All in all, the home invaders were only in the apartment for about two minutes before they fled the area on foot headed toward Mallard Lake Apartments.

Taken during the incident was a black Xbox One video game system, valued at about $500, a Dell laptop, valued at $700, a blue Galaxy Note 5 smart phone, valued at $800, a black Galaxy 5s smart phone with a blue case, valued at $600, several pairs of shoes, valued at about $415 total, and a large amount of cash they had from recent tax returns.

The victims advised more items may have been taken, but they have not had time to fully check the residence for missing items.

The victims described the suspects as black males between 5 foot 8 and 5 foot 10 inches tall. The suspects were estimated as being between 16 and 20 years old and were all wearing hooded sweaters.

Later that night about 11 p.m., LaGrange Police Detectives arrested Demarcus Jawan Parks as part of the initial investigation into the Armed Robbery.

Parks, age 24, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail and charged with Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault with a Gun, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Violent Felony.

Detectives were also able to identify another suspect as Daniel Warren Harris, who currently remains at large, but similar warrants have been signed for his arrest.

If anyone has any additional information regarding this incident or the whereabouts of Harris, please contact the LaGrange Police Department at 706883-2603 or Troup County Crime Stoppers at 706-8121000, or text an anonymous tip to 274637, keyword “LAGRANGE.” Tips can also be submitted online at www.lagrangega.org or www.facebook.com/lagrangepolicedept.

Information leading to the arrest of wanted suspects in serious incidents such as this is often eligible for a substantial reward.

Tommy Murphy Staff Writer

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