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Two charged in Troup County home invasion

TROUP COUNTY — Troup County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested two in connection with a home invasion that occurred Wednesday.

Jalen Smith, 24, of Hamilton, Ga., and Keashone Rogers, 19, of Pine Mountain, were charged with burglary, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during certain felonies, aggravated battery and armed robbery.

According to a report released by the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, on March 28 at 10:15 a.m., deputies and investigators were called out to 56 Frost School Road in LaGrange for a possible home invasion.

Upon arrival, the victim was found with a large lump under his right eye, a laceration to his top lip and blood over his face, hands and shirt.

The victim said two black males wearing masks forced their way in while he was asleep. After the attack, the intruders stole a cell phone, a pair of shoes, a PlayStation game system and illegal narcotics.

“It was marijuana,” said Sgt. Stewart Smith with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, who noted that the injuries to the victim were caused being struck with gun.

The victim also told investigators he possibly knew who was in the house because he recognized their voices

After the incident was reported, a search was started. Smith said it took some hours, but the suspects were located at a home in Meriwether County. The pair was taken into custody without incident.

Sgt. Smith added that it was thanks to teamwork and cross-agency cooperation that led to the speedy arrest of the suspects.