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Teen ties up mother to steal her guns
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Teen ties up mother to steal her guns

CONYERS, Ga. -- Three Rockdale County teens were arrested last week after tying up one suspect's mother and trying to steal her firearms.

Joseph Tod Coddington Jr. and Quenton Lee Harris, both 17, face several charges, including kidnapping, burglary, false imprisonment, obstruction and criminal property damage. The third suspect, a 14-year-old girl, was not identified because of her age.

The incident began at around 2 p.m. Friday, when police were dispatched to Coddington's house in the 3300 block of Squire Lane in Conyers. Responding officers entered the house and found the victim, Regina Coddington, in a bedroom. Her hands and feet were tied behind her back with purple rope.

According to a police report from the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, Regina Coddington told officers she arrived home at around 1:30 p.m. and encountered her son Joseph, who told her, "We can do this the hard way or the easy way." He tied her up and told her he'd kill her if she called the police, according to the report.

Officers found a large steel gun safe on the dining room floor. The safe "appeared it had been beaten with hammers, and there was a crowbar that was wedged in between the door and the frame of the gun safe," according to the police report.

Police set up a perimeter in the area of Stanton and Goode roads. Quenton Harris was captured at around 2:30 p.m., while the 14 year old was taken into custody at around 3:30 p.m. Joseph Coddington was arrested at 5 p.m.

Honey Creek Elementary School, which is close to the crime scene, was placed on preventative lockdown. The lockdown was lifted within an hour, but still delayed Friday's dismissal.

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