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Second suspect in Loganville beating turns himself in

LOGANVILLE - Police have two men in custody in connection with Thursday's violent home invasion that left an elderly woman in critical condition.

Loganville police Chief Michael McHugh said 18-year-old J.J. Blackwell turned himself in to authorities Tuesday afternoon after being named a suspect in the robbery and beating of C.F. Ewing and his wife, Epsie, in their Covington Street home.

On Tuesday, a second suspect, 21-year-old Corey Butler, was arrested as he walked outside the city of Monroe.

"A state trooper with a keen eye saw him, realized who it was and chased him on foot and apprehended him," McHugh said.

Blackwell was being held in the Walton County Detention Center late Tuesday. McHugh said Butler was at the Loganville Police Department but would be transferred to the detention center soon.

Police said the two men - along with another suspect - claimed to be interested in buying the Ewing's pickup truck at about 1 p.m. Thursday. The couple let all the men inside the home, reports said. That's when police said they beat the couple, likely using an object or weapon, stole a small amount of cash and fled in an older-model car.

C.F. Ewing was treated for minor injuries at Gwinnett Medical Center and released, while his wife remains in critical but stable condition at Atlanta Medical Center.

The third suspect is still on the loose, though McHugh believes that police are close to identifying him.

"We are actively working to get a positive I.D. on that third person," he said. "We've made some great strides in the last couple of days and I feel like within next days we'll have something."

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Walton County Sheriff's Office are assisting in the investigation.