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Dawson County teens arrested after Lumpkin County home invasion
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Dawson County teenagers, from left, Preston Andrew Anderson, Quintin Chase McConnell, Blake Mitchell McKinzie and Gavyne Anthony Sowell, were charged after a Lumpin County home invasion Aug. 17.

Four Dawson County teenagers were accused of a home invasion after midnight Friday, Aug. 17, in Lumpkin County, according to authorities. 

According to Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Alan Roach, authorities received a call just after midnight Friday, Aug. 17, in which a resident stated someone was beating on the doors and windows of their house.

When deputies responded to the scene, they found the person beating on the house was actually the victim of a home invasion, according to a news release. Several suspects ran from the scene when the deputies arrived, Roach reported.

“There was one person there that went to their neighbor’s house after the home invasion occurred and asked them for help,” Roach said.

Four suspects were arrested after a search of the area: Preston Andrew Anderson, 18; Quintin Chase McConnell, 18; Blake Mitchell McKinzie, 17; and Gavyne Anthony Sowell, 17. They were charged with home invasion, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

All are Dawson County residents and all are currently in custody in the Lumpkin County Detention Center, Roach said.

The victim of the invasion was not injured.

Dawson County Schools Superintendent Damon Gibbs confirmed that two of the teens arrested are a junior and a senior at DCHS, but did not confirm their identities.

Gibbs said the students will be dealt with according to the student code of conduct upon their release.

According to the release, Sheriff Stacy Jarrard would like to “thank the citizens that helped with the information provided during this investigation” as well as “the hard work of the deputies and investigators for their quick response and actions that lead to locating all four suspects.”

The investigation is ongoing.

Roach did not have any further details on the case.

“We don’t have anything leading us to believe anybody else was involved,” Roach said.

Times reporter Nick Watson contributed to this report.