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One held, others sought in home invasion

BY KEITH EPPS

One man was arrested early Thursday and police were looking for several others in connection with a home-invasion shooting that occurred late Tuesday in North Stafford, police said.

Two males were shot multiple times in the legs after a group of men with their faces covered kicked down a door and entered a home at 3927 Jefferson Davis Highway just before 11 p.m. The victims were taken to a local hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

According to Stafford Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy, police quickly got leads in the case that have already led to one arrest and the identities of other possible suspects.

Clayton George Smith

Clayton George Smith, 26, who has no fixed address, is charged with burglary with a weapon, two counts of malicious wounding and two counts of robbery. He is being held without bond in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

According to Kennedy, Smith was arrested during a traffic stop in Prince William County that followed the execution of a search warrant at a home in Manassas. Police said evidence was recovered linking Smith to the Stafford incident, but Kennedy declined to say what that evidence was.

In initial police reports, a woman reported that she was sitting on the living room couch late Tuesday, when someone kicked down the door. She ran to another room as between three to five men entered the residence yelling.

An armed intruder followed the woman and pointed a gun at her back while his accomplices ransacked the home. The woman said she heard multiple shots shortly after the man left the room she was in.

The woman called 911 after hearing one of the shooting victims screaming for her to do so. Deputies found the two victims on the floor and the home in disarray.

Police would not say what was taken during the robbery, saying they did not want to jeopardize the ongoing investigation.

Keith Epps:  540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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