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Third home invasion suspect captured
Jackson Robert Lionel
Robert Lionel Jackson

The third suspect in an apparent home invasion Monday morning is now in custody.

Rincon Police Chief Mike Bohannon said Robert Lionel Jackson, 22, of Atlanta, was apprehended Thursday night in Atlanta and was taken back to Effingham County early this morning. Rincon Police had identified Jackson as the other shooter in an incident on Exley Drive. Jackson and two other suspects, who were apprehended shortly afterward, were said to have fired at Rincon officers responding to a call on a home invasion.

No officer was hit by gunfire or hurt in the incident.

Police say Jackson was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle.

Bohannon said Rincon Police is working with local, state and federal authorities in Atlanta and Savannah to find and arrest Jackson. Jackson is considered armed and dangerous.

Bohannon also said the reported home invasion does not appear to be a random act.

Rincon Police made two more arrests Wednesday in connection with the case. 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.

All five of the suspects are students at Savannah State University.

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. Police said the intruders brandished weapons, an AK-47 and handguns, at the home’s occupants. 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.

Jackson is being charged with criminal attempt to commit murder on a police officer, aggravated assault, armed robbery and burglary. 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.