More arrests made in Benton home invasion

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Two men were arrested Tuesday for their involvement in the home invasion and burglary of a Benton residence last week.

Jermal Newton
Jermal Newton

Jermal Newton, 19, of the 5200 block of Kent Ave. in Shreveport, and Johnathan Russell, 19, of the 1900 block of State St. in Shreveport, were charged with one count each of home invasion and aggravated burglary.  The two were transported from Caddo Correctional Center to the Bossier Maximum Security Facility Tuesday morning, served their arrest warrants and processed for booking.

Their arrests join three others – Nicholas Gary, 19, of Bossier City; Christopher Windmann, 19, of Benton; and a 16-year-old male – for a total of five suspects in the home invasion and burglary.

Newton and Russell were then transported back to CCC where they are currently incarcerated for last week’s charges by Shreveport Police Department of second degree kidnapping in the same case.

Gary and Windmann remain incarcerated in the Bossier Maximum Security Facility.

Johnathan Russell
Johnathan Russell

The case began around 3 a.m. April 29 when Bossier Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a residence on Twin Lake Dr. in Benton.  Detectives determined that sometime late the night before, the suspects took a 17-year-old male acquaintance from the Benton residence to a house in Shreveport under false pretense, where they held him against his will and beat him.

Then sometime after midnight April 29, the suspects took the victim back to his Benton residence and entered the house armed with a rifle and threatened the victim’s parents.  Soon after, they stole several items, including nunchucks, a knife and snacks, from the residence and fled.   All suspects, who were acquaintances, were arrested and initially charged that same day.

Bond for the two new charges on Newton and Russell by the Bossier Sheriff’s Office is set at $1,000,000.