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A home invasion, a crash and a stolen boat: 4 arrested, 3 suspects still on the run
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Gainesville Police officers responded to a home invasion call “with shots fired” Monday, Aug. 10, near the Spring Valley apartments off of Thompson Bridge Road. - photo by Gainesville Police Department

Update, Aug. 14: The suspects in an Aug. 10 home invasion in North Hall now face more charges, according to Gainesville Police, though the department has not released any new information on the three suspects still at large. 

Cpl. Jessica Van said Jermaine Stephens, 19, of Atlanta, and Montavious Cooper, 19, of Lithonia, allegedly used handguns to take marijuana and money from two men at the apartments. She said Friday that Stephens and Cooper are both charged with two counts each of aggravated assault, two counts of armed robbery and misdemeanor obstruction.  

Cooper’s defense attorney, Alex McQueen, and Stephens’ defense attorney, Lee Parks, did not return a request for comment Friday. 

There were no attorneys listed for suspects Austin Owens, 18, of Gainesville, or Krystal Foster-Simmons, 26, of Decatur, Friday with Magistrate Court officials. 


Four people have been arrested in connection with a suspected home invasion in North Hall that took place Monday, after which a group of suspects led police on a chase by car and then one suspect allegedly stole a boat. 

Three of five suspects that drove away from the home invasion are still on the run. The four arrested include two of the home invasion suspects, a woman allegedly waiting to pick up one of the suspects and a resident at the apartments where the home invasion was reported. 

The only description of the remaining suspects provided by police are that they are Black men. 

Gainesville Police officers responded to a home invasion call “with shots fired” before 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, near the Spring Valley apartments off of Thompson Bridge Road. Cpl. Jessica Van said the gunshots were fired between a resident, Austin Owens, 18, and others outside of the apartments. 

Austin Owens
Austin Owens

Van said it is currently unclear who fired the shots. 

Officers spotted a blue Volkswagen Jetta matching the suspect vehicle description and tried to pull over the car carrying five people. The getaway car crashed in the area of Hollywood Avenue and Hollywood Circle after 5 p.m. Monday. 

Police said five people ran away from the crash, but one suspect, Montavious Cooper, 19, of Lithonia, was captured near the wreck by Gainesville officers using tracking dogs. The Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol and the Department of Natural Resources joined in on the manhunt. 

Montavious Cooper
Montavious Cooper

Police said another of the home invasion suspects, Jermaine Stephens, 19, of Atlanta, allegedly stole a boat docked near Harbor Cove off of Honeysuckle Road, which was driven to the Club Drive boat dock.

Jermaine Stephens
Jermaine Stephens

Georgia State Patrol’s helicopter saw the stolen boat “oddly positioned” in the water near the dock and called officers on the ground, police said. Stephens was apprehended by deputies near the stolen boat, police said. 

Another arrest came as a result of a citizen calling 911 to report a suspicious vehicle circling the area of Honeysuckle Road, according to police. Van did not know what time the 911 call was made. 

Officers stopped the car and determined the driver of a GMC SUV, Krystal Foster-Simmons, 26, of Decatur, was associated with Stephens and was there to pick him up “after having knowledge of the home invasion,” police said.

Krystal Foster-Simmons
Krystal Foster-Simmons

Simmons was charged with one count of party to a crime. 

Following the initial home invasion investigation, Owens was charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, felony possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, felony manufacturing marijuana and felony possession of a Schedule I drug. 

Stephens and Cooper were both charged with two counts of home invasion. Stephens was also charged with theft by taking in connection to the boat theft. 

Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to call 911 or 770-534-5251. 


Previous story: Police say suspects in a North Hall home invasion Monday crashed their car and later stole a boat off of a dock while being pursued by officers. 

Gainesville Police officers responded to a home invasion call “with shots fired” Monday, Aug. 10, near the Spring Valley apartments off of Thompson Bridge Road. 

Officers spotted the suspects’ vehicle and tried to pull them over. The getaway car crashed in the area of Hollywood Avenue and Hollywood Circle around 5 p.m. Monday. 

Police said five suspects ran away from the crash, but one was captured near the wreck. Police said suspects then stole a boat docked near Harbor Cove off of Honeysuckle Road, which was later recovered at the Club Drive boat dock. Another of the five suspects was captured near Club Drive. 

The investigation is ongoing, and no further information was provided by law enforcement. Three suspects remain at large as of Tuesday afternoon.

Anyone with information on the incident or seeing something suspicious is asked to call 911. 

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