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Home invaders to be tried as adults
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Two 16-year-olds who are accused of invading the home of a local woman in September will be tried as adults.Robert Brian Callahan, II and Tony J. Starkes, Jr. were indicted by the DeKalb County Grand Jury last week on charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, and theft under $500 after they allegedly entered the home and assaulted and robbed the resident.The duo allegedly attacked the victim around 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 18 when the woman, who lives alone, opened her door to investigate a noise outside. The two were reportedly wearing hockey masks, and one of the suspects tackled the woman, pepper sprayed her several times and tried to force a washcloth into her mouth to keep her quiet.A .38 caliber revolver and multiple other items with a total value of approximately $600 were reported stolen.The young men were allegedly found to be carrying razor knives, but did not use them on the woman, who suffered cuts, scrapes, and bruises, but was not seriously injured in the attack.Police were able to trace the sale of the hockey masks back to the juveniles who had bought them at Walmart. They were arrested at DCHS the next day.The gun, hockey masks, and pepper spray was found in the attic of the home where the two boys, who are not related, lived.The two were arraigned in DeKalb County Criminal Court on April 14.