Alleged home invasion leads to indictment

Friday, November 4, 2011

By Karen Hall

taff Writer

A young Lewisburg man was indicted by the grand jury last month on charges arising from an alleged home invasion.

Jessie Jordan Prater, 20, of Limestone Avenue, was charged with aggravated burglary, criminal attempted aggravated robbery, and evading arrest.

According to Lewisburg Police Detective James Johnson, Prater was "armed with a metal pipe and displayed it as a weapon," when he broke into a woman's apartment on the night of Sept. 2 and demanded drugs and money. Prater left the apartment without getting anything from the woman, and then fled from Lewisburg Police Officer Clyde Ragsdale, but was later caught and arrested. Prater's bond was set at $31,000, and he has been jailed since the arrest. According to his jail intake sheet, Prater has "tattoos all over (his) body."

Also indicted last month were:

* Cordaro Anthoney Tordy, 21, of 3rd Avenue, is charged with burglary and theft. Tordy is alleged to have entered Lewisburg Medical Clinic on East Commerce Street on April 19 and to have stolen a 17-inch HP laptop worth $1,500.

* Jerry L. Reynolds II, 32, of Woods Avenue, is charged with his fourth offense of driving under the influence, and second of driving on a revoked license. Reynolds was stopped on North Ellington Parkway by Officer Shaun Crawford on Oct. 10 because one of his vehicle's brake lights was not working.

Indictment does not mean a person is guilty. That's determined by a trial, or by a guilty plea.