On 05/22/18 at 7:08 PM, Villa Rica Police responded to the Fairbridge Inn Express at 128 Hwy 61 in Villa Rica due to a report of several gunshots being fired. Upon arrival it was discovered that one victim was dead at the scene and several suspects were seen running from the hotel.
During the investigation it was discovered that the victim, Brian Cook, 28 years old, from Villa Rica had accompanied Ramon Higgs, 29 years old, from Villa Rica, to room 205 at the hotel. Higgs entered the room while Cook remained outside. An altercation occurred in the room and Higgs is seen on video running out of the room with several suspects chasing him. As Cook began to run away he was grabbed by the suspects and shot while on the second floor landing where he died from the injuries. Higgs was also shot but was able to flee the scene.
The suspects in room 205 were identified as;
Khaaliq Sims, 24 years old, from Villa Rica
Isiah Roberts, 20 years old, Villa Rica
Alvon Darby, 20 years old, from Villa Rica
Kyron Doby, 23 years old, from Villa Rica
These suspects were located during the investigation and later charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Assault and 1 count of Murder. Roberts had an addition charge of Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm. They have been transported to the Carroll Co Jail.
Briahious McPherson, 19 years old, from Villa Rica and Ricardo Joiner, 19 years old, from Villa Rica were also in room 205 but have not been apprehended at this time. Warrants have been issued for both suspects charging them with Murder and 2 counts of Aggravated Assault. Anyone having information on the location of either suspect is asked to contact Villa Rica Police or call 911.
Ramon Higgs was treated at Grady Hospital for a gunshot wound and released. He was charged with Murder, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of Marijuana.
During the investigation the occupants of Room 206 were also contacted. It was determined that a 16 year old juvenile, from Baton Rouge LA was in possession of marijuana and scales. He was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Drug Related Objects. The adult male in the room was identified as Jaylon Stanton, 24 years old, from Baton Rouge LA. He was charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute and Forgery 1st Degree after he was found in possession of a large amount of marijuana and counterfeit $20 dollar bills.