WARNER ROBINS -- Jessica Howard said she was on the front porch Wednesday night when the men who would invade the Southern Avenue boarding house where she lives pulled up.
One of the boarding house tenants was shot during the home invasion and robbery that Howard, 29, said lasted about 15 to 20 minutes.
Kelvin Washington, 21, and Christopher Wheeler, 23, both of Fort Valley, were charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault in connection with the home invasion, a Warner Robins police news release stated. Quabeisha Zellner, 19, of Warner Robins, was charged with party to the crime of armed robbery and party to the crime of aggravated assault.
Deshanon Gibson, 31, was shot in the abdomen during the home invasion, the release stated.
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He was in stable condition Thursday at Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins.
When the car pulled up at the boarding house at 1109 Southern Ave., Howard said two men got out, walked past her and went inside. As she attempted to follow, a third man got out and kept her at gunpoint on the porch. Howard said a fourth person, a woman driver, remained inside the vehicle.
Howard said she heard one of the men inside the boarding house shout, “This is a robbery.”
The next sound she heard was of gunfire. She said four shots were fired.
Howard said she was fearful for her three children, ages 9, 6 and 4, who were asleep in her unit upstairs. The boarding house is divided into nine units, with a common kitchen and two common rest rooms, she said.
Gibson was shot at his unit, which is near Howard’s unit. She said a bullet went through the wall into her unit where her children were sleeping, but they were not injured.
Warner Robins police were dispatched at 9:57 p.m., the police news release stated.
The suspects had fled the scene in a black Honda Accord, which was spotted by police on North Davis Drive. The suspects were questioned and later arrested in connection with the home invasion, the release stated.
When asked about a fourth suspect, police spokeswoman Tabitha Pugh said police are investigating whether a fourth person was involved. Also, she said investigators are looking into whether the home invasion was drug-related.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Warner Robins police detective Mark Wright at (478) 929-6911 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68CRIME.
To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.