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Lula home invasion, robbery suspect found in North Carolina
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James Henry Kelley

The second of two men suspected of kicking in a Lula home’s door and stealing $100,000 was captured Friday, Sept. 21, in Snow Hill, North Carolina, according to authorities.

James Henry Kelley IV, 38, of Virginia, was wanted by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office after the department charged three co-defendants with the Jan. 22 home invasion on Chattahoochee Street.

Investigators said they believe Kelley and Christopher Blaine Ward, 30, of Atlanta, stormed into the residence armed with firearms and stole $100,000 from a safe. Amanda Ashley Tyson, 33, and James Glenn Tyson, 36, both of Lula, were accused of conspiring and plotting with Ward and Kelley.

Ward allegedly struck one man on the head with a gun and demanded the victim “crawl from the living room to the master bedroom where he was held against his will,” according to the warrant.

The Tysons were arrested Aug. 8 and charged with conspiracy to commit home invasion and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Both were booked in to the Hall County Jail, where they remain. Ward was booked in Aug. 10.

Kelley and Ward were charged with aggravated assault, home invasion, kidnapping and armed robbery.

Ward’s kidnapping charge was later dismissed at a committal hearing.

More than six months after the incident, rumors started circulating in Lula about the case, which led investigator Joel Ayers to a source that saw all four suspects “with wads of money,” the source said. Amanda Tyson allegedly confided in this source, Ayers said.

Ayers also learned of a 911 call by Amanda Tyson days before the robbery, which Ayers called a “dry run” to see what the officers’ response time would be. When Ayers spoke with Amanda Tyson, she denied Ayers’ claim, saying it was a legitimate call.

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