Two Garland men are now behind bars facing multiple felony charges related to an early Friday morning home invasion in Garland. One of the pair turned himself in to county investigators late Saturday afternoon; the other was taken into custody late Friday.
Josh Montoya, 19, of 633 West 2nd Ave., was jailed late Friday night and charged with a laundry list of felonies including attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, first degree burglary, first degree kidnapping and discharging a firearm.
His bond was not immediately available but he remained in the Sampson County Detention Center Saturday night.
Dustin Carr, 18, of 626 West 2nd Ave., had been sought by law enforcement officers throughout Friday and most of the day Saturday and had been termed by investigators as “armed and dangerous.” According to Sampson Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith, he turned himself in to officers mid-afternoon Saturday and was still being processed at press time.
Carr also faces a list of felonies, including attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, first degree burglary, first degree kidnapping and discharging a firearm.
His bond had not been set at press time.
“I want to thank the community and our officers for all their hard work on this case,” Smith said when contacted late Saturday afternoon.
An all-day probe and assorted interviews regarding the early morning home invasion led officers to Montoya and to the identity of Carr as a second person believed involved in the incident, Smith said.
The home invasion occurred around 5:30 a.m. when two masked men forced their way into a North Powell Street residence in Garland. Smith said after the two men made entry into the home, they fired shots from a firearm, striking one of the victims, who was not identified.
The masked men then proceeded to rob the victims of their belongings before fleeing the residence and the area on foot.
Smith said the victim who had been shot received minor, non-life threatening injuries.
Investigators were called to the scene shortly after the incident occurred, and the all-day probe began, with officers conducting interviews and canvassing the neighborhood for information.
Montoya was taken into custody late in the afternoon; and officers continue to search for Carr.
(Sherry Matthews can be reached at 910-249-4612. Follow her on Twitter @sieditor1960; follow the paper @SampsonInd.)