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Dawson high school students arrested after Lumpkin County home invasion
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From left, Preston Andrew Anderson, Quintin Chase McConnell, Blake Mitchell McKinzie and Gavyne Anthony Sowell.

Charges are pending for four Dawson County teens who were arrested today in Lumpkin County following a reported home invasion. Two of the teens arrested are students at Dawson County High School.

According to a press release from Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Alan Roach, LCSO received a call just after midnight on Aug. 17 in which a resident stated someone was beating on the doors and windows of their house.

When deputies responded to the scene they learned that the person beating on the house was actually a victim of a home invasion that had just occurred, the release states. Several suspects ran on foot from the scene of the home invasion when the deputies arrived.

Four suspects were arrested after a search of the area: Preston Andrew Anderson, 18; Quintin Chase McConnell, 18; Blake Mitchell McKinzie, 17; and Gavyne Anthony Sowell, 17.

All are Dawson County residents and all are currently in custody in the Lumpkin County Detention Center, Roach said.

Dawson County Schools Superintendent Damon Gibbs confirmed that two of the teens arrested are a junior and a senior at DCHS, but did not confirm their identities.

Gibbs said the students will be dealt with according to the student code of conduct upon their release.

According to the release, Sheriff Stacy Jarrard would like to “thank the citizens that helped with the information provided during this investigation” as well as “the hard work of the deputies and investigators for their quick response and actions that lead to locating all four suspects.”

The investigation is ongoing, the release states.

The victim of the invasion was not injured.