UPDATE: Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Robbery Unit  investigators identified Marquis O’Neal as the second suspect in this case. O’Neal was located and arrested by the U.S. Marshal’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force on Monday. He is charged with aggravated assault, criminal attempted burglary and probation violation.


SAVANNAH, GA (September 18, 2015): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Robbery Unit is investigating a residential burglary attempt that was interrupted by homeowners this morning.

The burglary happened just before 10 a.m. on Seneca drive near White Bluff Road. One resident of the house was present as two male suspects tried to kick in the door. A second resident returned home. One suspect fired a gun as the victims chased them away. No one was shot.

Savannah-Chatham County Public School System’s STEM Academy was temporarily locked down as SCMPD’s Southside Precinct patrol officers, Aviation Unit, Forensics and Chatham County Sheriff’s Office K-9s aided in the search. Marcus Hayes, 21, was located and arrested on Valentine Drive.  He is charged with aggravated assault and criminal attempted burglary.

Hayes’ accomplice remains at large, and is described as a black male, standing 5-7 to 5-9 and weighing 160. His shirt and pants were dark in color during the incident. The suspect was last seen traveling south on Atwood and Wesley.

A Metro officer aiding in the search was bitten by a K-9. The officer was transported by SCMPD’s Eagle 1 to Memorial University Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

A confidential tip line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.