Teens Arrested For Burglary; Victim Fires Shots At Suspect
Captain Keith Shaddix, VRPD Reporting
Villa Rica, GA -- On 02/02/13 at 1030 AM, Villa Rica Police responded to a home in Twin Oaks Subdivision due to an alarm. The officers checked the home and found it secure. The alarm company notified the female owner who left work to return home. Just prior to her arrival she received a second notification from the alarm company saying the alarm had been tripped again.
The female homeowner arrived at the house and began to walk around the property before going inside. She saw a male hiding in the woods behind the house and as she was walking towards him, two more males exited the rear door to her home. One of the males was holding a firearm that was later found to be stolen from the home. The victim was caught between the suspects leaving the house and the one in the woods. Due to her fear she fired three shots at the suspect holding the gun as she ran from the area. The second suspect ran back into the house. She then saw two suspects running from the front door of her home. One of these males dropped a gun as he was running.
Villa Rica Police located the first suspect just after he had changed clothes in the restroom of a local restaurant. With the assistance of Carroll Co Sheriff’s Office two additional suspects were taken into custody just outside of the city limits. A fourth suspect was located later in the afternoon.
The suspects were identified as:
Travis Clifford Goolsby, 19 years old, Villa Rica
Joseph Brady Cook, 19 years old, Villa Rica
Austin Wayne Priest, 17 years old, Villa Rica
Tony Chase McGuire, 17 years old, Villa Rica
Goolsby, Priest, and McGuire were charged with Burglary and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime. Cook was charged with Burglary only as there was no evidence that he had possession of a firearm during this incident.
It was determined that all four had made entry into the home and then left when the alarm sounded. They hid in the woods while the officer was checking the home. After the officer left, Goolsby, Priest, and McGuire reentered the home while Cook stayed in the woods as a look out. Goolsby was identified as the suspect that was holding the stolen gun when the homeowner fired the shots. He was not injured during the shooting. Priest dropped the gun in the front yard and it was not a firearm that belonged to the homeowner. Police have not been able to identify if the firearm was stolen from another location as of this time. A firearm replica was found just inside the home and it was determined that McGuire dropped it while running from the home. All stolen property was recovered.