Sep 14, 2007

The Medina Drive Break-in
One one of them said, in Spanish, 'Open up'

People told him not to bother. A Hispanic who doesn’t speak English, in this country at this time? They said Dionicio Pelcastre wouldn’t get justice.

But on Wednesday, with a year-old bullet scar on his chest, 35-year-old Pelcastre looked at the teenager who broke into his home, terrorized his family and shot him with a .380-caliber pistol. He saw the 17-year-old convicted by a jury and sentenced by a judge, and he said, in Spanish, “There is justice for everyone.”

Jamal Cymmone Johnson was found guilty of aggravated assault, burglary and a felony weapons charge. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Johnson was one of six who kicked down the front door of a Jonesboro house, at 2987 Medina Drive, a little before 11 p.m., on June 12, 2006. Johnson carried the .380, into the home, intending to rob the 10 residents, believing they carried large amounts of cash because they were Hispanic and drove nice cars.

The six, ranging in age from a 12-year-old, who was carrying an unloaded, .45-caliber handgun, to a 20-year-old man, knocked on the door. One one of them said, in Spanish, “Open up.”

Three of the boys are brothers: a 12-year-old, who is not being named because he was charged as a juvenile; Jerrod Terrill Bush, who was 15; and Jarvis Jamal Bush, who was 13. A fourth boy, John Carlos Andrades, who was 14, was a best friend of the Bush brothers. Andrades spoke Spanish and introduced the Bushes to the two older men involved in the home invasion: Jamal Rashaad Brown, who as 20, and Jamal Cymmone Johnson, who was 16 and owned a handgun.

According to the Bush brothers’ stepfather, James Robinson, they had gone from normal boys, doing normal boy things, such as playing PlayStation and talking about girls, to defendants in a felony case in eight months. Robinson said he didn’t know what happened.

Standing outside the Medina Drive house, about four miles from their apartment, Robinson’s youngest stepson held a .45, and another one carried a shotgun. They listened to their friend, Andrades, speaking Spanish and trying to coax the residents into opening the door.

Pelcastre, a stone mason, and the nine others living at the Medina Drive residence didn’t know the voice or the faces outside their door, and called 911. When they heard the kicking, and saw the front door giving way, they armed themselves with what Clayton County Police called “household weapons” — a metal sprinkler head and a small, baseball bat.

Read the full stories about 'The Medina Drive Break-in' @ the Clayton News Daily:
Three wounded in Jonesboro break-in
Stepfather: Teenage suspects got 'with the wrong crowd'
Juvenile pleads guilty in home invasion case
Five indicted on assault, robbery, burglary
Three teens, man plead guilty to home invasion charges
'There is justice for everyone'