Thursday, May 14, 2015

May 13, 2015 two men were arrested in connection to a home invasion robbery that occurred one month earlier on Trice Cemetery Road in Upson County.

On Wednesday, May 13, 2015 two men were arrested in connection to a home invasion robbery that occurred one month earlier on Trice Cemetery Road in Upson County. The two men are identified as KASHIF ALI MOHAMMAD, 20, of Locust Grove and DAITRELLE LASHAUN SAFFO, 21, of College Park. Mohammad and Saffo were apprehended after attempting to commit a second home invasion at the same address on May 13. An Upson County Deputy Sheriff  was posted across from the victim's residence due to suspicious activity that had been reported in the area the day before. Deputy Mario Cromer was parked across the road from the victim’s residence around 8:30 a.m. when the victims opened their garage door for the morning.  As the victim’s garage door was opened, the two suspects ran from a wooded area near the edge of the driveway of the residence armed with handguns as they charged toward the female victim. The female victim was also armed with a handgun. The female victim fired twice at the suspects who then changed their direction of travel and  fled toward a wooded area behind the residence. The male resident, also armed with a  handgun, went onto the back porch of the residence and fired toward the suspects as they fled into the woods. Neither suspect was struck by the gunfire. Deputy Cromer approached the scene from his position across the street as the two suspects ran into the wooded area behind the victim's house. Deputy Cromer was able to ascertain the suspect's direction of travel and clothing description, which included "hoodie" type shirts, and give a description to other deputies. Sgt. Jeff Taylor and Sgt. Todd Murphy responded to the area and assisted in the search. Sgts. Taylor and Murphy located the suspects within minutes on Banks Road as they exited a wooded area and took them into custody.. Officers from the Department of Corrections K-9 Unit responded to assist with the search of the area. Department of Natural Resources Ranger Keith Page also responded with his search dog, Drake. Ranger Page and Drake were able to conduct a  search from the victim’s house, where one of the suspects lost a hat as they fled from the gunshots. Drake tracked the suspects route of travel from the victim's house directly to where the suspects were located on Banks Road. Drake located several items of evidence along the suspect’s path including duct tape, hoodies and two handguns. One of the handguns was positively identified as one of the guns stolen in the April 13 home invasion robbery. The GBI arrived and assisted with the investigation.

Mohammad and Saffo face numerous charges including Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, False Imprisonment, Theft By Taking Auto, Possession  of a Firearm while in the Commission of a Felony and Burglary. They are being held in the Upson County Jail.

I would like to thank all law enforcement officers and agencies who assisted with this investigation. I also want to recognize the efforts of Assistant D.A. Ben Coker who came to the scene and assisted with legal guidance. This has been a high priority case for our agency and I am pleased to announce these arrests. I am most thankful that the victims in this case are safe and these two dangerous criminals are off the street.

This investigation is ongoing and will continue.

Dan Kilgore, Sheriff

May 14, 2015

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