6 arrests in two-state crime spree

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, June 23, 2003

AUGUSTA, GA--Six teenagers are facing charges after a string of crimes in Georgia and South Carolina.

North Augusta Public Safety says Alonzo Curry, Ricardo Fann, and Elgin Walker hijacked two cars earlier this week. A fourth suspect, a woman, Sharonda Clifford is also charged.

The first carjacking happened Tuesday night at Plaza Place apartments around 9 p.m. Less than an hour later, North Augusta DPS says the same group hijacked a car in The Rapids subdivision.

Across the river, Richmond county investigators say the same group is responsible for three more crimes, including a home invasion where one man was shot.

The other two arrests were two fifteen year old boys. Richmond County Investigators say all six broke into a home off of Fairhope Street around 1:30 am Wednesday morning. It's the last crime investigators say the group committed, and the most violent.

Now one of the boys charged in that crime lived right next door to the victims of that home invasion and his mother tells News 12 she knows he didn't do it.

15 year old Justin Brown is a juvenile, but Richmond County investigators are charging him as an adult-- and now his mother says he didn't commit the four felonies he's is accused of from the home invasion.

"I'm upset! I'm highly upset because i know for a fact me and him was right here!"

Angela Brown and her sons live at 617 Fairhope Street, right next door to where Brown and five other teens were charged with home invasion.

Police say they stormed the front door of 619 Fairhope Street Wednesday morning, ordered four people to the floor, beat them with chairs, pistol-whipped a man and shot another in the leg.

Angela, her son, and her neighbors heard it all. That's how she says she knows Justin is innocent.

"He didn't go in that house and didn't rob nobody!" says Brown. News 12's Lynnsey Gardner asked her how she knew that and Brown responded, " Becuase he ain't got no twin! Me and him was standing right here after the police came and everything!'

Angela says she and Justin watched as medics and investigators processed the scene, and she wonders why her son - now a suspect - was arrested two days later, not on the spot.

"Short as he is, he is the littliest thing of the bunch, if he had gone in that house and robbed them they would've picked him out once they all came outside."

Angela fears police are relying on the word of 17-year-old Sharonda Clifford who Angela says may have wanted to bring others down with her.

"We were right here. There just dragging his name into it. He didn't go in that house!"

Now with no money to defend her middle child who's facing four felony charges, Brown is desparate to clear his name. "That's all we need is some federal charges! He's through! He's through! Put him in a lineup! Whatever! Polygraph him! Because i know my baby didn't go in there."

Richmond County Investigators are charging Justin Brown with burglary, armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime--all four stemming from the home invasion.

The other juvenile 15 year old Willie Holmes is charged with three felonies from the same incident.


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  • by SKITTLES Location: AUGUSTA on Jul 8, 2007 at 02:00 PM
    THEY ARE SO WRONG THEY NEED TO BE PUNISH THAT COULD OF BEEN AN ELDER GROUP THEY COULD OF BEEN KILLED THEY WERE ALL INNOCENT PEOPLE PUT ALL OF THEM FOOLS AWAY
  • by niquea Location: augusta on Jun 27, 2007 at 06:18 PM
    DIS IZ MY CUZIN N HE IS NOT A THUG SO WHO EVER SAID DAT I A LIE N YES HIS NAME IS SLICK N IS A VERY SWEET PERSON HE NEVER MESSES WIT ANYONEN HE HAS A GOOD CARIN HEART N I REALLY REALLY HOPE U COME HOME SOON I LOVE U!!
  • by bee Location: augusta on Jun 26, 2007 at 11:32 AM
    was this boy name slick
  • by leslie Location: aiken on Jun 26, 2007 at 09:05 AM
    there all thuggs .. put them away
  • by Nesha Location: Augusta on Jun 25, 2007 at 02:35 PM
    I know Justin from being down in underwood visiting my Aunt. I think he is innocent to & I pray that the truth comes out, if he did It yes he should do the time but if not he should be let go. I know how it feels to be behind bars at the age of fifteen because my older brother had the exact same charges Justin did & was the exact same age & he is now in Prison at the age of 19 still serving his time. I just thought I'd share that but I'll pray for him until every thing is Said & Done.Justin iis like family to me & I hope that he can make It through because I know this is going to be a long & hard & also sad journey for him & our family.
  • by Olajuwon Location: Augusta on Jun 25, 2007 at 09:35 AM
    Well as a citizen of augusta i agree with the young mans mother and they should give them a lie detector test and if he passes the test i would sue the city of augusta for public humuliation i mean its a time to take crimnals off the street but if you dont have a probable cause you shouldnt arrest someone.
  • by Ken Location: Martinez on Jun 24, 2007 at 03:51 PM
    Hate to say it, but her appearance and deportment on camera and her abuse of the English language may lead the public to not believe her claims. If he's innocent, I wish them the best, but it sounds as if she is just avoiding trouble for both her son and herself.
  • by Kim Location: Augusta on Jun 24, 2007 at 05:43 AM
    It is sad that these group of young people have decided to waste there lives like this.Parents take your hands off allow the justice system to work.Get your child a good laywer.But allow the police department to do there job.If your child was not involed he will be found innocent.We all want to think our children do no wrong.Unless you can be with them 24 hours a day.They will do whatever they can get by with.The challange is not to get caught.If we bail them out and not make them responsible for their actions we create a bigger problem not only for the police.But for sociaty.
  • by yvonne lowmack Location: augusta,ga on Jun 23, 2007 at 08:53 PM
    i am a tax paying citizen who works hard for my family. I was victim of Sharonda Clifford, in which she had stole my car from in front of my home. I am glad that justice has been served and she should be punished for her actions. I feel greatful that she is in the care of richmond police department.
  • by A single parent Location: Hephzibah on Jun 23, 2007 at 07:48 PM
    A parent cannot watch their child 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 a year, that child could have easily came back to his home and told his mother that if someone ask whether or not he has been home all day to please say yes. I know because I am a parent too and I know how sneaky children can be at times. Please do not doubt your child until you have all the fscts at hand. Good luck and may God bless you and keep you.
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