Fourth suspect in May home invasion at Cooper Cove Apts. arrested in FL

Fourth suspect in May home invasion at Cooper Cove Apts. arrested in FL

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The fourth suspect who police say was involved in a May home invasion at a Columbus apartment was detained in Florida and brought back to Muscogee County.

Dewayne Searcy, 22, was detained in Daytona Beach, FL on May 31, and was booked into the Muscogee Co. Jail on June 1. He was charged with first-degree home invasion, possession of firearm or knife during the commission of a crime and aggravated assault.

He made his first court appearance in Columbus on Thursday. He was awarded the following bond amounts:

  • $25,000 for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • $25,000 for possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime
  • $50,000 for aggravated assault
  • no bond given for the first-degree home invasion charge

His case was bound over to superior court.

Searcy is linked to the May 11 home invasion at a residence at Cooper Creek Apartments, located on Milgen Road in Columbus.

According to Columbus police, authorities were called around 3:40 a.m. in reference to a burglary in progress. When they arrived to the scene, they found 23-year-old Ryan Hoover with multiple gunshot wounds, including injuries to his head.

Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of 28-year-old Phillip Futrell, 23-year-old Jessica Elliott, and 24-year-old Ashley Wright.  They were charged with aggravated assault and home invasion.

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