Jamaal Pinkney, 23, and girlfriend Raven Stephens, 22, were arrested by deputies from the this week in conjunction with a home invasion that took place on Marsh Avenue in Lithia Springs on Dec. 31.
Stephens was arrested on Tuesday at her residence and charged with conspiracy to commit burglary. When Stephens bonded out of jail she was followed by deputies as she walked along Highway 78, Detective Jay Smith said, Douglas County Sheriff's Department.
"We figured she'd contact her boyfriend to pick her up," Smith said."The vehicle that picked her up matched the description of the vehicle we were looking for."
A traffic stop was then conducted and the driver, Pinkney, was taken into custody. He matched the description of the person who attempted the burglary.
Pinkney was charged with two criminal attempts to commit burglary, interferring with a 911 call, one count of burglary, and two counts of aggravated assault.
Smith said that Pinkney had broken out a window in the residence he planned to burglarize and then waited in the basement for the two elderly women occupying the house, to go to sleep. After about an hour he lost his patience and kicked in the upstairs door.
He then pushed a hand gun into the face of one woman and pushed her down on the couch. He attempted to duct tape the hands of the two women, ages 77 and 63, but they did not allow it. He then grabbed their purses and dumped the contents on the floor, looking for cash or credit cards.
Not finding anything, he burst out the front door. Smith said Pinkney and Stephens have two children together and Stephens arranged for a babysitter so the robbery could be attempted.
A third suspect, the driver of the get-away vehicle, is still being searched for.