THOMASVILLE — A 16-year-old juvenile charged with a long list of offenses stemming from a home invasion will be tried as an adult.
The suspect, Jahrik Anderson, a Thomasville resident and documented gang member, participated in an October home invasion and armed robbery at 1010 Remington Ave., said Lt. Toby Knifer, Thomasville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division commander.
Anderson and another male forced their way into the residence at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, and told occupants, including a 2-year-old child, to get on the floor. They also demanded money.
After stealing electronic equipment from the house, the males fled. Through video surveillance from the house and help from the community, police identified Anderson.
Because of the nature of the crimes, Knifer said detectives conferred with Thomasville-based assistant district attorneys about transferring the Anderson case from Juvenile Court to Superior Court, where the suspect will be tried an as adult.
Anderson, who has an extensive juvenile criminal record, is being held at the Loftiss Regional Youth Detention Center. After his 17th birthday in December, he will be moved to the Thomas County Jail, the commander said.
The teen is charged with home invasion (robbery), three counts of aggravated assault, cruelty to children, armed robbery, burglary, possession of firearm offenses, false imprisonment and several street gang offenses.
"Thomasville Police Department has zero tolerance for gang activity, and you will be held accountable," Knifer said.
The other suspect in the home invasion remains at large. Anyone with information about the identity of the person is asked to call police at (229) 227-3302 or 911. Those providing information will remain anonymous.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820