Local and federal law enforcement authorities have arrested three suspects in connection with the murder of a 15-year-old at a Huddle House restaurant last month.
Milledgeville Police Chief Dray Swicord identified the suspects as Keandre Bolston, 20; Armontae Trawick, 29; and Deangelo Hartry, 17, all of Milledgeville.
All three suspects were charged with one count of murder. After their arrests the suspects were taken to the Baldwin County Law Enforcement Center and jailed.
Trawick was taken into custody a few days before being arrested on the murder charge for tampering with evidence at the scene of the murder, Swicord said.
They are accused of shooting to death Jamonte Solomon, of the 200 block of Pennington Road, Milledgeville, in the parking lot of the Huddle House on East Hancock Street.
The suspects were taken into custody last Friday by officers and detectives with the Milledgeville Police Department along with deputies with the U.S. Marshal’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force.
Meanwhile, authorities have charged another man with robbery following separate shootings at the restaurant and are looking for another suspect on an aggravated assault charge.
The Saturday, March 14 shootings sparked 14 other shootings within Milledgeville and Baldwin County that weekend.
All of the shootings were drive-by connected and all were related to the crimes that happened at the Huddle House. One of the related shootings in the county also injured another 15-year-old.
Authorities also say a house was deliberately set afire in the city, the result of the shootings and robbery at the restaurant.
Swicord said another suspect was still being sought as of Wednesday afternoon.
The police chief identified that suspect as Talik Tyrone Watkins, 21, of Milledgeville. Watkins is wanted on an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault in the connection with the shooting of Eric Marshall, 24, also of Milledgeville.
Marshall, who was dining at the Huddle House at the time he was wounded, is expected to make a full recovery, authorities said.
Swicord said police have also arrested another man on a robbery charge. He identified the suspect as Markey Bolston, also of Milledgeville.
The police chief explained that the two shootings and robbery at the restaurant were the result of an ongoing local gang feud.
“Markey Bolston went inside the restaurant and confronted Marshall,” Swicord told the newspaper. “Actually, what started the whole chaotic situation was Bolston snatched Marshall’s food from him to apparently entice Marshall.”
Talik Watkins later shot Eric Marshall inside the Huddle House, according to Swicord.
A second shooting happened outside in the parking lot of the restaurant a short time later where Solomon was shot to death.
When police officers responded to the 911 call of a shooting at the restaurant about 4:15 a.m., they discovered Solomon’s lifeless body in the parking lot.
The victim’s mother said her son would have celebrated his 16th birthday a few days after the shooting.
Anyone with information concerning any of the crimes is asked to call the Milledgeville Police Department crime tip line at 478-414-4413; Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office crime tip line at 478-445-5102 or CRIMESTOPPERS in Macon.