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Jackson teens charged in armed home invasions

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Three Jackson teenagers were behind bars Monday for armed home invasions targeting minorities over the weekend.  16 year old John Caston, 17 year old Clency Lampton and 19 year old Nicholas Shannon were led away to the Hinds County Detention Center without bond Monday.

Police said the three were responsible for a crime spree Saturday stretching from Clinton to south Jackson.  Clinton Police Chief Don Byington said the teens demanded money and stole a vehicle from a Chinese family just after midnight.

"On Saturday there was a vehicle fire in Jackson. Once the tag was processed through our department it was determined it was stolen out of Clinton, Mississippi," said Jackson Police Officer Colendula Green.

According to Officer Green, one hour after the vehicle was stolen Caston, Lampton and Shannon broke into a home on Cheswood Drive and held up a Hispanic family there.  Then just before 3:00 a.m. they traveled about four miles to a house on Rainey Road.

"They kicked in the carport door.  They came in unmasked with handguns, demanded money and the merchandise and after they robbed these individuals they fled the scene," said Officer Green.

The Rainey Road homeowner there fought back and opened fire on the thieves.  Two were shot in the leg and one was shot in the back and leg. Jackson police caught up with them at UMC. 

The youngest of the three, John Caston, has been in trouble with the law before for similar crimes.  He was arrested for armed robbery, auto theft and house burglary in July, but was released a month later on $150,000 bond.

"We can argue that he does not deserve bond, but if the court decides to set bond than we can make our argument and that's what we continue to do," said Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith.

Caston, Lampton and Shannon were each charged with six counts of armed robbery and two counts of house burglary.

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