Alleged robbers get tires shot out, held at gunpoint by Laurens Co. landowner
LAURENS COUNTY, Ga. -- After facing off with two Laurens County residents armed with guns, three men have been charged with burglary and obstruction of officers.
According to an incident report from the sheriff's office, a homeowner noticed a man walking from his backyard shed carrying two chainsaws when he decided to grab a handgun and confront the alleged robber.
The homeowner told a responding deputy that after making contact with the first suspect, he noticed another sitting in the driver's seat of a vehicle. The alleged robber told the victim, "We just need the money," and the homeowner shot out two of the tires on the suspects' vehicle in an attempt to prevent them from leaving.
The three men fled the scene and a deputy patrolling the area noticed a vehicle with two flat tires traveling on the opposite side of Pinehill Rd. The incident report says that when the deputy turned his car around to investigate, the vehicle stopped and the three men fled the area.
According to Laurens County Investigator Tim Burris, the sheriff's office, Dublin Police Department, Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources set up a perimeter around the area to keep the suspects from leaving.
Deputies and police officers caught 27-year-old Tjay McQueen trying to cross the interstate. Richard McQueen and Marcel McQueen, both 18, were later taken into custody after being held at gunpoint by a landowner until deputies arrived to detain them.