PERRY -- A Houston County grand jury returned Tuesday a 12-count indictment against three people accused of a 2011 home invasion and assault in the Elko community.
John Drew Clark, 18, of Elko, Richard Joshua Hooks, 19, of Perry, and Dabian Isaiah Fountain, 20, of Kathleen, were indicted on charges of armed robbery, robbery by conspiracy, burglary, kidnapping, cruelty to children in the first degree and seven counts of aggravated assault.
The late-night ordeal began Dec. 5, when masked men forced a man out of the workshop behind his Grovania Road home and into the house where several family members were inside, authorities said.
Several members of the family, including the man and his wife, were struck with a firearm or BB gun during the home invasion and held at bay while the home was searched, according to authorities and the indictment. The wife, who managed to escape to a neighbor’s home and summon help, was fired upon.
In addition, a minor in the home was grabbed and thrown to the floor, the indictment stated.
Family members were treated at the scene for superficial injuries.
The victims originally reported four armed men involved in the attack, but Houston County sheriff’s Lt. Jon Holland previously said information gathered in the investigation indicated there were only three.
The attack generated significant concern in the community, and the quick arrests of Clark, Hooks and Fountain in December were credited to help from the public and the work of the investigators, Holland said.
Information from Telegraph archives were used in this report. To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.