Two people are behind bars after an early morning home invasion — and also face a long list of other charges.
At approximately 3 a.m. Tuesday, Effingham County Sheriff's deputies responded to a residence on Go Cart Road on a report of a robbery.
According to the elderly victim, a female suspect knocked on her door and requested to use a telephone. After the victim opened the door, a male suspect forced his way into the residence brandishing a firearm. The male suspect demanded money as he was holding the elderly victim at gunpoint but fled the residence a short time later empty-handed. Deputies were on the scene within minutes and were able to obtain the suspects’ vehicle description.
Deputies located the suspects' vehicle at a nearby location a short time later. Both suspects were taken into custody. Deputies recovered both the vehicle, as well as a firearm believed to have been used during the crime.
Maurice Jones, 21, of Guyton has been charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of crack cocaine. Katherine Marette Lowe, 32, of Guyton, has been charged with armed robbery and possession of crack cocaine.
Jones and Lowe are currently being held in the Effingham County Jail.
Rincon Police also arrested Lowe and Jones for a series of charges, including entering automobile, theft by taking, forgery in the first degree, financial identity fraud, financial transaction card theft, financial transaction card fraud and identity fraud.
Lowe and Jones were arrested Tuesday by Rincon Police Department Criminal Investigation Division after detectives responded to the Rincon Wal-Mart after an elderly female reported that while she was getting into her car after shopping, a black male entered her car and took her pocket book from her car. The pocket book contained cash money, cellular phone, car keys, social security card and credit cards. Further investigation by detectives revealed Lowe and Jones used the credit cards at several local businesses in Effingham County.
Rincon Police Chief Mike Bohannon said Lowe and Jones were identified by video surveillance tape and several other arrests are expected.
The Effingham County Sheriff's Office would like to take this opportunity to remind the public to use caution if a stranger approaches your residence. Citizens are urged to contact local authorities if they are unsure who may be at their door.