Citizen, police foil home invasion
Murphy – Six people planned to rob a house in town last week, sparking a chase that resulted in one suspect being arrested at Chevelle’s 66 Bar & Restaurant.
Police say two of the robbers, armed with a shotgun, invaded a home on Sale Street around 2 p.m. Tuesday. A man inside the home chased them.
“We got a 911 emergency call from another resident, who said there was somebody chasing another person down the road with a gun,” Murphy assistant police chief Dustin Smith said.
The foot chase ended at Chevelle’s after the suspect ran through a rear gate and tried to enter the bar.
“I said, ‘Hold up, you need to stop,’ ” said Dennis Dockery, a 26-year-old employee at the restaurant. “And he says, ‘They’re trying to shoot at me.’ ”
As it turned out, the man Dockery prevented from entering the bar was really the culprit, who was being chased by not only one of the victims but also police. That suspect, later identified as 19-year-old Jordan Tyree Mackey, jumped another fence after being prevented from entering the bar before he was apprehended almost immediately afterward.
“We captured one after a short foot chase,” Smith said. “The others fled in the vehicle back to Georgia, and police there picked them up.”
Officers in Union County, Ga., apprehended the suspects who fled in the car.
Due to the foot chase involving a suspect believed to be armed, officials issued a code yellow emergency notification for Murphy Middle School and The Learning Center, requiring both institutions to move all outdoor activities inside buildings until police removed the threat. Local law enforcement later found marijuana inside the Sale Street home.
Mackey and Jordan Tyler Patterson, 16, is charged with conspiracy and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, as well as felony breaking and entering. Additional charges are pending. Officials say three of the people in the car are under the age of 16, therefore their names cannot be released.
An investigation regarding the drugs is ongoing, and additional charges are possible.