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Fairchild Street home invasion sparked by $20 drug debt

Photo: Shannon Jackson (left), De'Merrius Stallworth (right)

Photo source: Escambia County Jail

Two Escambia County men are accused of committing a home invasion that happened Wednesday on Fairchild Street. The victim told authorities his girlfriend owed one of the suspects $20 for Xanax pills, according to the arrest report.

According to a report from the Escambia County Sheriff's Office (ECS0), the victim blames 38-year-old Shannon Jackson and 20-year-old De'Merrius Stallworth for attacking him after barging into his room. As the suspects rummaged the room searching for money, the report reads, Stallworth told him he had two hours to produce $50. He said Jackson jumped on him and choked him, and that Stallworth forcibly removed his cell phone from his hand, as he tried to call authorities for help.

Deputies report they saw wood chips and fresh wood that corroborated the victim's claims that the door to his room had been kicked in. The deputies also reported seeing red marks and small scratches on the victim's neck.

Both Jackson and Stallworth were taken to the Escambia County Jail and charged with home invasion robbery, battery and criminal mischief. A corrections officer reports finding a small bag of marijuana in Stallworth's sock. He faces an additional charge for marijuana possession and smuggling contraband.

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