Two arrests made under new home invasion law
Two men have been arrested in Moultrie for breaking a new Georgia home invasion law.
31-year-old Ruben Isidro Merino-Navarrette and 29-year-old Felipe Chavez were arrested and charged with felony home invasion, armed robbery and aggravated battery.
One man who was hospitalized last week with injuries after being robbed at his home identified one of the two men as his former roommate, according to a report by the Moultrie Observer.
The home invasion law was signed into law earlier this year by Gov. Nathan Deal. It created a separate offense defined as the act of entering a person's residence without invitation and with the intent of committing a forcible crime such as robbery while possessing a weapon. The law is applicable when someone with permission to be inside the residence is there.
Previously, law enforcement would file charges of armed robbery and burglary in cases of home invasions.