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Former NBA star arrested in home invasion


  • By Melanie Ruberti
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  • Jun. 19, 2018 - 6:29 AM

Former NBA star arrested in home invasion

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Former NBA standout and Atlanta native James “J.J.” Edwards Hickson, 29, remains behind bars this weekend in the Coweta County jail, charged for his role in an alleged home invasion.


Former NBA standout and Atlanta native James “J.J.” Edwards Hickson, 29, remains behind bars this weekend in the Coweta County jail, charged for his role in an alleged home invasion.

Hickson was taken into custody Friday evening by investigators, said Capt. John Kennedy with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

Kennedy named Hickson as the suspect captured by law enforcement officers.

Other media outlets, including 247sports.com, confirmed the man arrested by CCSO investigators on Friday is the former NBA player.

Hickson was booked into the Coweta County Jail and charged with armed robbery, said Kennedy.

According to CCSO officials, Hickson and at least one other person took part in a home invasion off Rowe Road just south of Senoia.

The incident happened around 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

The homeowner told CCSO investigators at least two people entered the house and stole personal items from him and from inside the home, Kennedy said.  

During the robbery, some type of altercation ensued, causing the homeowner to be severely injured, Kennedy added.

The victim’s injuries and condition were not known as of press time on Saturday.

CCSO officials learned about a car in the area of the home invasion during the course of their investigation on Friday, Kennedy said.

That information eventually led investigators to Hickson.

According to 247sport.com, Hickson is most notably known for his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team. Hickson is an Atlanta native and graduated from high school in Marietta.

He also played for the Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets and Washington Wizards, the website stated.

Hickson most recently played for Champville, S.C., in the Lebanese Basketball Federation, according to 247sport.com.

Kennedy said investigators are looking for at least one more suspect in the home invasion, and the investigation is ongoing.