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Four more arrests in Stafford home-invasion case
BY KEITH EPPS
Stafford County authorities announced Monday the arrests of four more men in connection with a Jan. 29 home-invasion robbery at an apartment in North Stafford.
Keith Daniel Williams, 20, Carvel J. Williams, 27, Latwon Berryman, 23, and Jalil D. Berryman, 23, all are charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of malicious wounding and breaking and entering.
All list no fixed addresses, but all have connections to Stafford or Prince William counties.
Jalil Berryman was arrested last week at his job in North Stafford, while the others were arrested at various locations in Prince William.
A fifth suspect, Clayton George Smith of Manassas, had already been picked up on the same charges.
According to the Stafford Sheriff’s Office and court records, a group of masked men entered a home at 3927 Jefferson Davis Highway late Jan. 29. The intruders forced three victims to the floor while ransacking the apartment and demanding drugs and money.
They took money from two men in the residence, then shot the men multiple times in the legs after demanding drugs and more money and not getting any.
A woman in the house, who was not injured, called 911 after the robbers left. Police found the shooting victims on the floor bleeding.
Police found marijuana and other evidence of drug activity in the home, court records state.
Smith was arrested Jan. 31 in Manassas after police found a picture of a car belonging to his wife on surveillance video from a business adjacent to the North Stafford apartments. The video showed the car backing into a parking space at 10:41 p.m. and leaving about 17 minutes later, court records state.
Smith was arrested following a traffic stop in Manassas. He acknowledged having the car on Jan. 29, but didn’t say anything else, according to an affidavit for a search warrant filed in Stafford Circuit Court.
Stafford Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said all five men are being held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond and that more charges are possible. Kennedy credited Prince William police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for assisting Stafford detectives in the investigation.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404