One of two men suspected in a 2009 home invasion in which a victim was tied up has been arrested, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Barry Lee Davis, 27, of Nicholson, was arrested on Wednesday, June 16, for robbery, false imprisonment and wearing a mask to conceal his identity.
Another suspect — Antonio Carlos Watkins, 23, of Jefferson — remains at large for an arrest warrant taken out on the same charges, according to Maj. David Cochran of the sheriff’s office.
In May 2009, a Nicholson man reported that two masked men entered his Jim David Road residence, tackled him to the ground, placed a towel over his face, and used duct tape to tie his hands and feet.
The men kept asking him where his prescription pills were located, according to an incident report. They also threatened to kill him and his dogs if they couldn’t get a safe open.
The men took his wallet — which had about $600 in cash and two $80 checks from Medicaid — before leaving the residence. They also took his cell phone and collector coins. The suspects took his blood pressure and heart medication, the victim said.
The victim went to a neighbor’s house to call 911 about the incident since the suspects took his cell phone and home phone. Later, deputies noticed that the victim was talking on a phone in his residence while they were investigating.
A deputy said when he arrived at the residence after the home invasion was reported, the victim had a knife in his hand, but seemed calm.
During a follow-up investigation, the victim and a neighbor provided additional information from the neighbor’s relative about the crime.
The relative told a deputy about who was involved in the home invasion, and claimed that a woman had her son — later identified as Antonio Watkins — rob the victim.
Another man — later identified as Davis — was heard by the relative saying they were going to “beat up a child molester and rob him,” according to an incident report.
The victim is a registered sex offender, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s website.
Davis said the victim was supposed to have $3,500 in cash on him and Watkins’ mother had taken him to get pills.
The relative gave Davis duct tape and a screwdriver. When they returned, the relative said he heard change rattling and a discussion about redeeming the coins for cash.
The victim later reported that Watkins’ mother — identified as Michelle L. Watkins, 46, of Jefferson — drove a car “full of people” slowly by his trailer about a week after the home invasion.
Cochran said a search warrant conducted in 2009 at the house of Amanda Taylor, 22, of Nicholson, revealed evidence of the home invasion, including duct tape and the victims’ coin collection. Taylor is the girlfriend of Antonio Watkins.
Taylor was charged with being a party to the crime of robbery and making false statements.
Antonio Watkins’ mother, Michelle Watkins, was also arrested on the same charges in 2009.