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UPDATE: Three more arrests were made Friday in last week's robbery-turned-killing of a Conyers woman over a hair weave sale - including the arrest of a man who had been suspected in the 2010 deadly shooting at a Conyers house party.

All three were arrested by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office with assistance from the U. S. Marshals Service.

James Wansley Edwards, 21, of Stone Mountain was arrested and charged with armed robbery.

Brandon Jay Lamothe, 20, of Conyers was charged with being party to the crime of armed robbery and with three counts of probation violation felony.

Damani Carta Young, 19, of Conyers, was charged with law enforcement obstruction misdemeanor.

On Thursday, RCSO investigators had talked with Lamothe's mother, who said that if her son was involved in the armed robbery, he needed to go to jail.

"(Brandon Lamothe's mother) called Brandon while we were having the conversation. (She) told Brandon to turn himself in. (She) said that Brandon would turn himself in," wrote the reporting deputy, Investigator Bradley Stewart.

However, after a day passed and Lamothe had not turned himself in, investigators tracked Lamothe's phone to a location near Salem Road in Newton County but could not narrow down the address. 

On Friday morning, the phone was tracked to a location in Rockdale off of Ga. Highway 138. U.S. Marshals used their equipment to confirm that the phone was inside 1129 River Tusk Place. 

After knocking on the door for 10 minutes, a male, identified as Damani Young, answered the door, was detained and said Lamothe and Edwards were not inside the house. However after deputies asked repeatedly, Young then said, "You got 'em."

Edwards and Lamothe were found hiding upstairs.

When Lamothe was put in handcuffs, he reportedly said, "Y'all got me."

When Edwards came downtstairs, the investigators noticed he had an injury to his leg.

"I asked Mr. Edwards if he was OK and he then said that he got hit by a car around 11 p.m. the other night" and went to a hospital in DeKalb County. However, Edwards had a leg brace and a cloth under the brace, which did not look like it had been administered at a hospital. 

All three are still booked in the Rockdale County jail and were denied bond in magistrate court.

Edwards had previously been one of the main suspects investigated in the November 2010 shooting that killed Rockdale County High School student Dequavious Mapp and injured two other teens.

Edwards, 17 at the time, was eventually released due to lack of evidence from lack of witnesses willing to testify, although the party was estimated to have up to 300 people attending.

The 2010 party at Treeleaf Lane was hosted by the 21-year-old son of the absent homeowner. The party had started as a 16-year-old's birthday party and progressed to where a $3 cover charge was being collected and young men with unloaded shotguns were serving as "security." Mapp had reportedly arrived at the party via taxi a short time before animosity flared up again between the "IBN" and "Street Boyz" groups. Shots were fired and Mapp, who died from his wounds, as well as two other teens were hit.



(Dec. 12, 5:32 p.m.) A Conyers woman is dead after a hair-weave purchase turned into an armed robbery Wednesday night.

A news release from the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office said Christina Menzies, 19, of Covington, arranged to meet with a group to buy hair weaves. The two parties met around 10 p.m. at a subdivision’s pool in Rockdale County.

RCSO deputies were told that a group of people came out the bushes toward the victim’s vehicle. One of the assailants pointed a handgun at the victim, and there was an exchange of gunfire. Christina’s sister, Jennifer Menzies, 21, of Conyers, was shot, the release said.

According to the news release, Christina left the subdivision in a vehicle with Jennifer, and they were stopped by an RCSO deputy on Ga. Highway 138. The deputy called for an ambulance for Jennifer.

Jennifer was transported to the Rockdale Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Deputies arrested Christina Menzies and charged her with making false statements and being a party to armed robbery.

Jaquan House, 20, of Conyers, was also arrested and charged with armed robbery. House was arrested near the subdivision after law enforcement put out a "lookout"  for a suspect.

The RCSO is searching for two more possible male suspects. In addition, the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Task Force is involved in the search.

More criminal charges may be filed,  the release said.