Conyers police arrested three men for armed robbery and rape and are on the lookout for a fourth suspect, a Henry County man who got away.
Early Wednesday morning, just after 3:20 a.m., the Conyers Police received a 911 call of an armed robbery in progress in a room at the America’s Best Value Inn motel on 1297 Dogwood Drive.
Officers arrived to find three suspects - later identified as Defazio Sierra Taylor, 21, of Jenkinsburg, Jadarrius Tamonquez Miller, 21, of Jackson, and Terry Bernard Watson, 21, of Locust Grove - driving out of the motel and into a dead-end cul-de-sac where they were blocked in. Officers were able to arrest them without incident.
Officers learned that four suspects went to the motel to meet two females they were communicating with via backpage.com. The four male suspects entered the room armed with a handgun and robbed the two female victims of cash, their cell phones and keys to their vehicle. The suspects then raped and assaulted both victims.
The fourth suspect, identified as Joseph Joyce, then forced one victim into her vehicle and attempted to drive away. The victim jumped out of the vehicle and ran to the motel’s front office where she called 911.
The three apprehended suspects are each charged with two counts of rape, two counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, and one count of kidnapping. They are being held in the Rockdale County Jail without bond.
Joseph “Joe” Joyce, 32, of Henry County, remains at large at this time. Joyce is wanted for one count of rape, two counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of battery, and one count of motor vehicle theft.
If you have any information as to the whereabouts of Joseph Joyce, call the Conyers Police Department at 770 483-6600.