An east Macon standoff ended with the arrest of three aggravated assault suspects hiding in the attic of a Hawkinsville Avenue duplex early Thursday.
Three siblings, 26-year-old Davarius Antonio Curry, 19-year-old Preston Montgomery Curry and 24-year-old Katonya Yvette Curry, were in the ceiling when officers entered the building looking for suspects in a shooting late Wednesday night, according to a news release from the Macon Police Department.
“I am very proud of the investigators’ ability to locate witnesses and find the necessary information to support the arrest of these violent offenders,” Sgt. Scott Chapman said in the release.
The victim told police he was assaulted and shot at by several suspects shortly before 11 p.m., the release stated.
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Witnesses said the culprits were in Ronea Foster’s apartment, but no one came to the door.
When neighbors indicated small children were inside, officers got a search warrant and called in the SWAT team.
Foster said she was asleep with her fan on when police knocked on her door. She didn’t answer.
“I was scared, and my babies, they would have been terrified,” Foster said after arriving home to find a hole in her living room ceiling.
Foster, a 22-year-old mother of two children in diapers, said police broke in the front door and asked if she was being held hostage.
“No one ever held me hostage. That’s a lie,” Foster said.
As she was explaining her side of the story to The Telegraph, her 20-month old son, Nayquel Aaron, kept walking up to the pile of debris and insulation on the floor.
He repeatedly tried to pick up what looked like dirty cotton candy, but stopped when his mother scolded him.
Her 3-month-old son, Mahleek Aaron, was sleeping peacefully in an infant carrier on the couch.
When she got home from giving police her statement, she called 911 to report someone had burglarized her apartment. She was told the damage was the result of the SWAT operation.
“They broke my Xboxes and everything. They broke my stuff and I don’t appreciate that,” she said. “I’m taking action because this is not right.”
Maj. Charles Stone said the female suspect nearly fell through the ceiling before she was taken into custody, and officers had to really hunt for the brothers, who were buried in insulation in the back of the attic.
“If there was some breakage or damage we’re responsible for, we’ll be responsible for it,” said Stone, who said Foster could file a claim with the city attorney’s office.
After officers persuaded Foster to leave in the middle of the night with her children, another woman and a teen boy, police caught her boyfriend, Davarius Antonio Curry, and his siblings in her apartment.
Katonya Curry was charged with aggravated assault and a probation violation in her seventh arrest in Bibb County.
Davarius Antonio Curry was arrested for his sixth time in Bibb County and was charged with aggravated assault and a probation violation.
It was Preston Montgomery Curry’s first arrest in the county. He was charged with aggravated assault.
The Telegraph contacted Foster again after police released information about the arrest of the Currys.
She adamantly denied her boyfriend’s involvement in the shooting.
“He did not even go outside, and he didn’t even shoot,” she said. “He was with me the whole time.”
Foster said she had only been living there two months.
“I’m a good person. I ain’t got no bad background. I’ve never been locked up and I take care of my babies,” she said.
Neighbors in the pocket of brick duplexes between Magnolia Drive and Eastview Avenue, a few blocks off of Shurling Drive, reported hearing a couple of gunshots before an army of police officers arrived and roped off most of the block.
The department’s mobile command unit was also on the scene, they said.
Foster said there is always drama in the community.
“Every day, I wake up the police are here for something. Not my address, but just over here in Hawkinsville, period,” she said.
After the police left and just after the sun came up, Roberta Ward drove Foster home.
The 77-year-old driving a sport utility vehicle lamented the change in the Fort Hill neighborhood.
“I used to pick peas around here when I was a child,” Ward said. “We used to sleep and didn’t have to lock the door. We could leave the windows open.”
Young people have too much time on their hands, she said, and don’t have to work like she did.
“Minds are focused on foolishness,” she said, as flies buzzed around dirty diapers and garbage rotting on the parking lot. “Nobody has peace. Nobody is praying.”
Macon public information officer Jami Gaudet said police can only make substantial changes when people cooperate and help investigators fight crime.
“It’s going to come to all our neighborhoods if people don’t team up with the police.”
To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.