LAWRENCEVILLE - Members of the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department SWAT team said they came upon some disturbing items inside a Lawrenceville home while executing an arrest warrant Thursday night.
Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais said deputies were attempting to arrest 22-year-old Quinton Hall at a home at 868 Still Water Lane on Thursday night when they saw weapons inside the home. Hall was wanted on charges of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, Bourbonnais added.
After getting a search warrant, Bourbonnais said deputies discovered two assault rifles, four handguns, two police scanners, one bulletproof vest inside the home and small amounts of marijuana and cocaine.
Hall and six other young adults were inside the house at the time deputies arrived. Two 16-year-old boys were released to their parents due to insufficient evidence for their arrest, Bourbonnais said, but Hall and four others were arrested.
Although Bourbonnais said it is unclear at the time what Hall and the others were doing with the weapons, scanners and vests, she said investigators will be checking with Gwinnett County police other agencies to see if the five fit any robbery suspect descriptions.
"At this point we don't know if they have used the items in crimes. ... We're still investigating," Bourbonnais said.
Takiyah Taylor, 17, of Lawrenceville and Rodnie Stokes, 20, of Norcross were charged with possession of a firearm during commission of a crime and possession of drugs with intent to distribute. John Scott, 18, of East Point and Hall's brother, Tavares Mathurin, 19, of Suwanee were also arrested and will face the same charges, according to the county jail docket. The four face a $11,100 bond for each charge.
Hall also faces the same charges with no bond, plus possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and a second charge of possession of drugs.
Bourbonnais said investigators believe Hall and Mathurin were living in the Lawrenceville home, although different addresses for the two are listed on the county jail docket.
The five arrested and the two teens, whose names were not released due to their ages, were the only ones in the home at the time, Bourbonnais said. She said investigators were unsure if anyone else lived in the home.
Bourbonnais said it is possible for people to purchase scanners and vests like the ones found in the Lawrenceville home.
"The fact that they had a vest and scanners concerns us," Bourbonnais said. "But it's not unheard of."