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Five charged in botched drug-related robbery

SNELLVILLE -- Five individuals have been charged for their roles in a botched drug-related robbery that ended with a car in a ditch and two men shot Wednesday afternoon in Snellville, police said.

According to police, five people attempted to rob purported drug dealers at a home on Spring Mesa Drive. It went wrong, with the residents opening fire as the quintet attempted to flee in their vehicle.

The driver and another front seat passenger were shot, with the vehicle veering into a wooded ditch on Springdale Road as officers arrived.

Thursday, charges were levied against those involved in both aspects of the incident.

Three from the car were charged: Walter Simon, 35, of Detroit has been charged with counts of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery; Kara Casey, 35, of Detroit and Anthony Trim, 24, of Lawrenceville are each charged with armed robbery and three counts of false imprisonment.

Simon was the driver and was shot in the left hip. He has been released from the hospital and detained.

Devonte Bowles, 17, of Lawrenceville remains in critical condition after suffering gunshot wounds to his head, police said.

Two from the house were also charged: 21-year-old Erick Moncrieffe of Snellville has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; 19-year-old Travys Davy was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police are hoping to question 20-year-old Cortez McCain, who was believed to be in the vehicle but fled the scene, police said. Gwinnett County police spokesman Brian Kelly said Wednesday that McCain was not believed to be dangerous.