Home invasion suspect caught after skipping Nov. trial

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A Lithonia man who ducked his criminal trial on charges stemming from a violent home invasion assault in south Fayette County in December 2010 was arrested Tuesday night, sheriff’s officials said.

Mark Anthony Hill was taken into custody by the Fugitive Task Force of the U.S. Marshals Office after 7:30 p.m. at his home on 5118 Winding Glen Drive, according to sheriff’s records.

Hill faces 10 felony charges related to the home invasion, which took place at a home off Padgett Road. He was scheduled to face trial in November on two counts of armed robbery, three counts of kidnapping, three counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a crime and impersonating a public officer or employee.

A surveillance video from inside the home was played at a September trial of co-defendant Michelle Perez of Chattahoochee Summit Road, Atlanta who was convicted by a jury and sentenced to 35 years in prison by Fayette County Superior Court Judge Fletcher W. Sams.

The video showed the victims being tortured, in one case as a hot iron was placed against a victim’s face and near his crotch in an attempt to get the victim to say where money was hidden inside the home. Police said the assailants got away with a Playstation 3 video game system, the digital video recorder from the surveillance system, a watch and several other items.

Sheriff’s deputies were able to confiscate several of those items in a traffic stop shortly after the incident of a vehicle matching the suspects’ description on Ga. Highway 74 in Tyrone.

Two other co-defendants have pled guilty to charges associated with the attack: Octavious Deshon Harmon and Darius Gray pled to three counts of kidnapping and two counts of armed robbery. Harmon was sentenced to serve 12 years in prison followed by eight years on probation, while Gray was sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by 10 years on probation.