Two Athens men were arrested early Sunday morning on multiple charges when they approached a house in Statham carrying a gun.
Derrie Bernard Johnson and his son, Stravious Martez Johnson, Athens, were arrested around 1 a.m. Sunday morning after Statham officers had staked out a house on Fawn Drive.
The Johnsons had reportedly parked their vehicle in an abandoned subdivision behind Heritage Baptist Church and walked across church property toward Fawn Drive. Along the way, they broke into a church van. D. Johnson was dressed in all black clothing, according to Statham police officers.
Two Statham officers who had been watching the area then drew their weapons and shouted for the suspects to lay down on the ground, which they did.
The two suspects were apparently headed to a house on Fawn Drive. A resident of that house had earlier in the evening reported to officers that D. Johnson had followed him to Statham from Athens. Another resident of the house, an ex-girlfriend of D. Johnson, had a TPO against him.
D. Johnson was carrying a loaded 12-ga. shotgun at the time of his arrest, according to officers.
The house on Fawn Dr. had previously been shot into last Thursday night, with one bullet causing a flat tire on a vehicle in the garage.
It was also the location of a domestic dispute in February between D. Johnson and the woman who now resides at the residence.