The neighbors who allegedly prevented Jean-Joseph and Angelica Kalonji from entering their recently purchased Newton County home at gunpoint have been charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal trespass.
Robert George Canoles, 45, and his son Branden Ryan Canoles, 18, of Lower River Road turned themselves into the sheriff's office around 10 p.m. Monday evening, according to a press release.
"Both individuals brandished weapons as they confronted two individuals who were changing locks at a residence they owned," according to the release. "The sheriff's office internal investigation continues in this matter."
The story quickly spread across the internet after reports surfaced that the interracial couple was held at gunpoint and arrested Thursday night after trying to change the locks on a home their son had recently purchased.
The Kalonji family had just purchased the home earlier that day and went over to change the locks when they were confronted by the Canoles. The two men thought the couple were breaking into the home so they held the Kalonjis at gunpoint and called the Newton County Sheriff's Office, according to media reports.
First Lt. Mark Mitchell said deputies responded to a call around 9:15 p.m. about a "burglary in progress" and when officers arrived they found the couple and the two men with firearms. Deputies then asked the couple for documentation to prove they had purchased the house, which the couple was unable to provide.
The couple was arrested for loitering and prowling and detained by NSCO until further investigation proved the couple did indeed purchase the home.
Mitchell said earlier that an internal investigation was opened Monday morning because of "the totality of the situation."