Fox5AtlantaA former NBA player and Atlanta-area high school standout was charged with a frightening home invasion in Coweta County Friday. FOX 5 News had the only cameras there Friday night as James Edward “JJ” Hickson, Jr. was booked into the Coweta County Jail. He remained quiet and did not answer any questions regarding the charges as deputies led him inside. Deputies said he was charged in connection with a home invasion that happened earlier in the day. Hickson is from Atlanta and was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008. He most recently played overseas. Deputies said at least two people were involved in the home invasion, but as of late Friday night, only Hickson faced charges. Investigators said this started around 10:30 a.m. Friday at a home on Rowe Road in Senoia. Authorities said a number of personal items were taken and someone was roughed up during the incident. “The victim was beat up pretty good and they took some personal items from the residence and at that point in time through the help of a canvass we were able to identify a suspect and a suspect vehicle. We were able to identify a suspect from that,” said Captain John Kennedy, Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. Th e sheriff’s office said a home invasion like this is rare in this community. Investigators with another department in metro Atlanta took Hickson into custody and turned him over to Coweta County. Hickson’s charges include armed robbery in connection with a home invasion. He is expected to go before a judge on Saturday.
Former NC State standout and first round pick in the 2008 NBA Draft JJ Hickson was arrested in Atlanta on Friday night in connection with a home invasion robbery earlier in the day, and while details of the robbery have not yet been released, police said that details of the crime are “frightening” and the victim was “roughed up pretty good” during the home invasion. A first round pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2008 NBA Draft, Hickson also played for the Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets and Washington Wizards, the 29-year-old Hickson most recently played in Europe. A talented interior scorer and rebounder, who spent much of his career as an “energy guy” off the bench, Hickson averaged 12.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game for the Blazers in 2012-2013 his best season as a pro. More details of the arrest coming, keep it here for updates.