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Homeowner shoots teen in the back in attempted car theft in Bibb County

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An 18-year-old suspected car thief was shot in the back Tuesday morning as he and a teenage girl ran from a home in Bibb County. Hours later both teens were arrested for auto theft.

The shooting happened around 5 a.m. on Brownwell Drive, according to Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

Jarvis Brooks, 18, of Macon, was transported to the sheriff's office for questioning after being released from the Medical Center of Central Georgia, the sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Sean DeFoe said.

His alleged accomplice, Jashayla Finney, 17, also of Macon, was also taken to the sheriff’s department for questioning, DeFoe said. Investigators said the two teens were involved in the theft of a Honda Accord from the Stevens Drive location.

They then ended up at a home on Brownell Drive where they attempted to take another vehicle, DeFoe said. But the homeowner heard noises outside and exited his home, armed with a pistol and yelling at the suspects in his yard, the spokesman said.

The homeowner heard a loud bang like a firecracker and saw a flash of light, DeFoe said. He returned fire and the suspects fled in the first stolen Honda, DeFoe said. It was reported that Brooks went home and was transported to the Medical Center by his mother.

Brooks is charged with felony theft by taking and criminal attempt to commit a felony, DeFoe said. He has been released on $8,100 bond, according to the Bibb County jail booking records. Finney also faces similar charges, but she remained in jail on $11,100 bond, DeFoe said.

Investigators are still conducting interviews and attempting to identify other possible suspects involved, DeFoe said. More arrests may be forth coming pending further investigation, he said.
Anyone with any information in reference to this incident is urged to contact the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at (478) 751-7500, ask to leave a message for an “on-call” investigator or call Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-682-7463.