3rd person arrested in connection to home invasion case

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Updated: 8/13 6:32 pm
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) - A third person was arrested in connection to a reported home invasion that occurred back back in late May.

Charles Johnson, 38, of Lafayette Georgia has been charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, theft and criminal conspiracy.

According to the arrest affidavit, the case began in the early morning of May 28 when a man identified as Denise Wilkinson told police he was robbed at gunpoint inside his hotel room.

It happened at the Kings Lodge Hotel in the 2400 block of Westside Drive.

Wilkinson told authorities that he invited a woman to his room but soon after she left, he heard a knock at the door. When he opened the door, two men forced their way into his room at gunpoint and demanded money.

The men reportedly took Wilkinson's ID, bank cards, cash, a handgun and electronic devices.

Investigators used the GPS inside a stolen iPad to locate a vehicle that matched the description of a vehicle that was seen at the hotel during the robbery.

They traced the vehicle back to a residence on the 600 block of James Street in Rossville Georgia where they found a woman in the back seat. That woman was identified as Laura Connar.

The owner of the vehicle was identified as Brian Pemberton. Pemberton was located inside the residence with Johnson.

When officers searched the Pemberton's car, they found Wilkinson's stolen iPad and his laptop computer. They also found two pellet guns inside a plastic bag.

During a police interrogation, Connar reportedly confessed that she was with the two men when they planned and robbed Wilkinson.

Pemberton and Johnson told police the three were together in the early morning but denied the robbery.

It's unclear why Johnson was not charged with the crime at that point but an arrest warrant was eventually issued for him.

Johnson was arrested Monday evening after he was caught shoplifting at a Chattanooga Walmart. When the arresting officer ran a background check on Johnson, he discovered Johnson had outstanding warrants in connection to the May 28 home invasion case.

A judge set Johnson's bail at $75,000.


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