DECATUR — Police have arrested a third suspect they say was involved in a Sept. 20 home invasion in the Park City Mobile Home Community that led to a 52-year-old woman being shot three times.
Zachary D. Batson, 19, was arrested Monday morning, according to a sworn police affidavit. He faces preliminary charges of attempted murder and home invasion, which are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office.
Mikayla M. Melton, 18, and Damon L. Davis, 19, were previously arrested on charges in this case and another home invasion at a home in the 3400 block of Kent Avenue that happened an hour before the shooting.
The affidavit said Melton told police that she and Davis contacted Batson for a ride after the earlier home invasion, and he picked them up in his vehicle. Batson told the pair that they could get money and cannabis by burglarizing a residence associated with his ex-girlfriend, the affidavit said.
Batson drove the car past the residence in the 1300 block of Delta Avenue twice to identify it, the affidavit said, and to make sure no one was home. He then parked in a nearby apartment complex lot, as Melton and Davis got out and entered the residence, the affidavit said.
Sworn statements detailing the home invasion on Delta Circle said the 52-year-old woman told police that she heard her dogs barking before 10:44 p.m. Expecting her daughter to arrive at her home, she found a woman in her front room with a man standing in the front doorway.
The man locked the front door and demanded money while ordering her to go into various rooms and closets, the affidavit said. She refused, and tried to escape through the door, but the man caught her and hit her several times in the head with a firearm, the affidavit said.
She opened the door and threw herself onto her wooden porch, where she was shot her three times in the chest, right thigh and right forearm, according to the affidavit. Sgt. Chris Copeland said the woman survived her injuries.
After Melton and Davis were arrested, Melton told police she and Davis were involved in both the shooting of the woman and the previous home invasion. In that case, a 22-year-old woman told police that two armed and masked men forced their way into her house before being chased off by her dog.
Melton said she left the residence on Delta Circle without Davis, and waited for him in Batson's vehicle. Davis got in the vehicle, saying nothing about shooting the woman, and the group fled, the affidavit said.
After learning that police were investigating the home invasions by listening to a scanner app on a phone, the group started driving toward the Argenta-Oreana country roads, Melton told police.
During the drive, Davis accidentally shot himself in the left hand and did not want to go to the hospital because of an outstanding warrant, the affidavit said.
Davis and Melton remained in the Macon County Jail on Thursday night. Court records show that Batson posted bond on Wednesday, and is due for arraignment on Nov. 6.