Man says parole money was home invasion goal

Two men accused of committing a violent home invasion at an elderly man's house did so because one of the accused allegedly needed money to make a payment at his parole office, according to search warrants filed with the clerk's office recently.

Ahijah Murray, 19, and Jonathan Glenn, 28, were arrested earlier this month on charges of burglary, armed robbery, kidnapping and theft. The search warrants sought permission to take DNA samples and fingerprints from both men to compare to evidence found at the crime scene.

According to the affidavits attached to the search warrants, Mr. Murray and Mr. Glenn are accused of being the two assailants who kicked in the back door of George Upshaw's home in the 500 block of Fairhope Street on Nov. 2.

Mr. Upshaw, 68, told investigators he was napping when the door crashed in and he found two men in his home. One wielded a large, stainless steel knife, he said. The men bound his hands and feet with duct tape and threw him in the bathtub, Mr. Upshaw reported. The robbers took $55, a cell phone, Mr. Upshaw's keys and his 1999 Ford Explorer.

Mr. Murray, who was arrested the day of the home invasion, told investigators that robbing an elderly man was Mr. Glenn's idea because he needed $30 to make a payment at the parole office, according to the search warrant. After the robbery, the pair drove Mr. Upshaw's vehicle to the parole office, the warrant continues. It was later found abandoned.

Mr. Glenn was paroled on Dec. 22 after serving seven years in prison. He was convicted in 2001 in Richmond County Superior Court of possession of cocaine and robbery by intimidation.

According to court records, Mr. Glenn was arrested in March for possession of marijuana and was sentenced to serve four months in jail.

Mr. Murray and Mr. Glenn are scheduled for bond hearings this morning in Richmond County Superior Court.

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