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More arrests in home invasion
Search still on for fugitive suspect
Williams Mark Anthony
Mark Anthony Williams

Rincon Police have made two more arrests in an apparent home invasion Monday morning.

Rincon Police Chief Mike Bohannon said officers arrested Chariece M. Edmondson, 22, of East Point, at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. Edmondson is being charged with party to a crime (attempted murder of a police officer, aggravated assault, armed robbery, burglary, felony obstruction and kidnapping). Also arrested was Ashley Thomas, 23, of College Park, who faces the same charges as Edmondson.

Edmondson owned the vehicle Justin Timothy Crawford and Mark Anthony Williams used in an Exley Drive home invasion, Bohannon said. Police also charge that Edmondson, waiting in another vehicle, picked up the third suspect from a wooded area in Rincon. Authorities are continuing to search for the third suspect. 

Crawford and Williams were arrested Monday for a series of charges after police were called to an Exley Drive home. The suspects also fired at a Rincon Police officer, who was not hit by the gunshots, according to Rincon Police reports. Chief Bohannon said the incident does not appear to be a random act.

Officers were called to a home on Exley Road after a home invasion was reported around 7 a.m. Two of the suspects were attempting to leave when a Rincon Police officer approached.

“Two of the offenders came out and started shooting,” Bohannon said.

Crawford and Williams have been charged with criminal attempt to commit murder on a police officer, aggravated assault on a police officer, three counts of aggravated assault, four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and burglary. They were bound over to Superior Court and more charges are pending, Bohannon said.

The officer called for assistance, and a perimeter was set up as the suspects fled. Units from the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office and the Springfield Police Department also responded to aid in the perimeter and the search. Rincon also received help from the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police and Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, which brought in canine units and a helicopter.

Bohannon expressed his appreciation for the help provided by other law enforcement agencies.

Crawford and Williams were arrested shortly and a manhunt ensued for the third suspect. Officers, clad in bulletproof vests and armed with shotguns, combed through the neighborhoods off 4th Street as the helicopter circled overhead.

Authorities moved their search perimeter in order to keep the suspect away from nearby Rincon Elementary School.