Two men indicted in Perry armed robbery of mother, teens

bpurser@macon.comJanuary 30, 2013 

PERRY -- A Houston County grand jury indicted two men on armed robbery and other charges Tuesday in a Jan. 9 episode in which a mother and two teens were held at gunpoint.

The other charges against Benjamin Dontarius Thomas, 22, of Perry, and Roderick Demar Lawson, 23, of Warner Robins, include aggravated assault with a firearm, possession of a firearm during a crime and burglary.

Thomas and Lawson are accused of robbing a Houston County schoolteacher and her children, ages 13 and 18, at gunpoint in their Perry home.

The men were later arrested at an apartment at Kings Villas Apartments on Kings Chapel Road in Perry. The apartment is the home of Lawson’s girlfriend, who is also Thomas’ cousin, Perry police Capt. Heath Dykes said. The victim’s home can be seen from the apartment.

The men are accused of threatening family members with their lives and stealing a wallet, cellphone and XBox 360, the indictment stated.

Also Tuesday, Natasha Nicole Toole, 38, of Warner Robins was indicted on charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault and possession of a knife in a Jan. 8 incident in Warner Robins. She allegedly attacked a man and cut him in the throat.

Vintavious Trabobbie Sanders, 57, of Warner Robins was indicted on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated battery in a Jan. 1 incident in Warner Robins.

He’s accused of shooting a man in the leg and assaulting three other men with the firearm.

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