JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A second person has been arrested inconnection to recent home invasions that have happened within the past eightdays.
Jason Simpkins, with the Jonesboro Police Department, said DewonSills, was charged with aggravated residential burglary in connection with anincident that happened July 17 in the 1500 block of Garland.
Rodreiko Norvell Johnsonalso appeared at a probable cause hearing Wednesday at 1 p.m. for theresidential burglary that happened around 11 p.m. Tuesday on the 1500 block ofGarland.
The arrests are twoJonesboro police have made in connection with the third home invasion.
"(The home invasionon Garland) is not related to the others that we're currentlyinvestigating," Det. Simpkins said.
The most recent homeinvasion happened a little more than eight hours after the home invasion on the4700 block of Prospect.
According to the policereport filed July 17 at 11:19 p.m., the "suspect entered into house atgunpoint, left the scene, and fled from police".
The victim told policeas he was taking out the trash, the suspect entered his home with a .25 caliberhandgun, according to the police affidavit.
The victim went acrossthe street to call authorities.
Once police arrived toinvestigate, witnesses reported a black male wearing black clothing in the OakMeadow area.
When officers found thesuspect, he fled.
As police were searchingfor the suspect, the neighborhood watch members in the community where the homeinvasion happened were communicating with each other.
"This was the firstmessage that we received, and it was at 11:29, and said there's a police carwith flashing blue lights on Oak Meadow which is just a block east," saidHarold Copenhaver.
Copenhaver said of about200 people that live in his neighborhood, about 50 are on groupMe, a cell phoneapplication his neighborhood watch uses to stay connected via grouptexts.
"And as we went on,'They are spotlighting homes,' and then another neighbor said, 'The suspect ison foot in our area.'"
Copenhaver said he andhis wife heard the suspect outside their bedroom.
"I was approachingto get back into bed, and then I heard footsteps running outside my window. Sothat was about two to three yards from us."
Det. Simpkins saidofficers closed in on the suspect on Starling and found him hiding under acarport.
"When he fled fromthe officers there was a perimeter established around the subdivision that hewas in, last seen in, and that's where he was apprehended."
Copenhaver believes theplay-by-play on groupMe and the information they gave to police helped to trackthe suspect.
"We were notifiedthat there was a suspect in the area and that he was only a block away. So, thereaction time, again, was a little quicker than we probably would'veanticipated."
Sills and Johnson’s bond was set at $50,000each. Both are scheduled to appear August 27 at 8:30 a.m.