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Four indicted on charges of posing as cops

LAWRENCEVILLE - Four men this week were indicted on charges of posing as police officers to rob Hispanics in the Norcross area.

Eddie Gene Adams, 19, Steven Cruz Lehman, 20, Erik Kevin Fox, 18, and Adrian Rojo-Zamora, 20, are facing four counts of impersonating an officer, two counts of theft by taking and two counts of robbery.

According to the indictment, Gwinnett police have connected the men to two incidents on Aug. 3 and 4. In both incidents, six suspects in a sport utility vehicle equipped with flashing blue lights halted Hispanic men. The men were walking in Worthing Pines apartments on Graves Road and in another complex at 5827 Hunt Club Run.

The victims told police the impersonators wore black T-shirts with the word "police" on them and displayed badges with the word "security" on them. The robbers flashed their badges and identified themselves as police officers, according to a police report. They ordered the victims to turn around and put their hands up, then patted them down, the report said.

The impersonators warned the victims not to be out so late, then left with their wallets, the report said.

In other indictments:

•James Travis Harrelson, 22, of Loganville was indicted on charges of first-degree vehicular homicide, no proof of insurance and driving on a suspended license.

Harrelson was reportedly driving an open-top Jeep with two of his friends in the car when he swerved into a curb and the vehicle overturned on Lakemont Drive. A back-seat passenger, 19-year-old Grayson resident Blake Jonathan "B.J." Jolly, died after being hospitalized with injuries for several days.

•Ronald Lee Burns, 42, of Lawrenceville was indicted on charges of rape, aggravated assault, family violence battery and obstructing a 911 call for allegedly beating his wife, a mail-order bride from Vietnam.

Burns reportedly threatened to kill her, saying he was not afraid of "the chair" or police. On Aug. 1, Burns allegedly choked, punched and struck his wife with a large folding metal chair.

An officer noted on a police report that Burns' wife had red and black discolorations all over her body and face, two black eyes, red finger marks around her throat and a large laceration on her lower leg.

Burns allegedly prevented her from calling 911, but the wife was able to escape to a neighbor's house for help. She refused medical treatment, saying she was afraid of being deported.