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White guys with guns in Newton County, Georgia. A mature couple from Africa minding their own business. Sounds like a recipe for trouble. See any similarities to a recent case we’ve been following?

Two Newton County, Georgia men have been arrested after holding their new neighbors at gunpoint.  But if the victims in this case–who were the ones arrested to begin with–didn’t know high-profile attorney Don Samuel, we might never hear about this case.

And what if the victims had stood by their rights to be on their own property?

This incident could have ended up a lot worse than it did. Meanwhile, the victims are wondering what kind of neighborhood they’re moving into, and their assailants are asserting their “Second Amendment Rights.” By the way, guys, two people trying to enter a vacant building through the front door in broad daylight does not constitute a “robbery.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:

A Newton County man and his son who authorities said held a gun on the new owners of a neighboring home were arrested Monday night and charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal trespass.

Porterdale resident Robert Canoles said he has no second thoughts about interrupting what he thought was a robbery in progress Thursday night at his neighbor’s house — though he is now facing criminal charges just days after deputies lauded his armed response.

Canoles said he and his teenage son heard noises from the once-foreclosed home next door, vacant for seven months. They grabbed their AR-15s and snuck up behind a man and woman fiddling with the front door lock.

Jean-Joseph Kalonji, 61, and his 57-year-old wife, Angelica, following their real estate agent’s advice, had driven  to Porterdale to change the locks on the home their son Bruno Kalonji had just purchased. They found themselves prisoners of two men they didn’t know clutching semi-automatic rifles.

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