Meriwether County Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that his agency is currently investigating the unlawful entry of an occupied dwelling in which a resident was assaulted during the incident.
“On 08/04/2016 around 1140 pm. Meriwether County Sheriff’s Deputies and Meriwether County EMS responded to the 7700 Block of Forrest Road, Grantville, Ga. in regard to a call for service in reference to an unlawful entry into an occupied residence in which a resident was assaulted. Once our personnel arrived on the scene they located a female victim that had been assaulted during an unlawful entry into the residence. During this time Meriwether County EMS began treating the elderly female for the injuries she sustained. She was transported to a Metro Atlanta Hospital for treatment of the injuries sustained. Our investigator’s responded to the location and began interviewing witnesses. It was determined that several suspects made entry into the residence while the female was in the bed sleeping. During this time the resident woke up and was physically assaulted by one of the suspects. The suspect began to beat the resident which caused lacerations to her body and several broken bones. Our investigation indicates that these individuals came to the location looking for a relative of the victim. This relative was not at the location at the time of the assault. While the one suspect assaulted the female victim several other subjects began to ransack the residence. After the suspects ransacked the residence they left and one returned within a short time span a poured some type of flammable liquid on the female and set it on fire. The female was able to extinguish the fire herself and was eventually able to contact 911. We called in the GBI Crime Scene Unit to assist us in processing the crime scene. We also have a GBI agent that is assisting us with the case investigation out of the Columbus, Ga. Office. The case investigators have developed person(s) of interest in this case and we are in the process of tracking them down. We have also located additional items of evidentiary value during our canvass of the area. Based on the information that we have obtained at this time we are looking for 2 or 3 black males and a black female related to this incident. This is an ongoing investigation and we are tracking down leads as they develop. If anyone has any information related to this matter contact the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 672-4489 or the GBI at (404) 244-2600, or 1-800-282-8746. Callers can remain anonymous.” Sheriff Chuck Smith said.