Two arrested for possession of stolen guns linked to Willis case

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GREENVILLE Co., S.C. (WSPA) — Deputies say two more suspects have been arrested in connection to the brutal attack on a store owner and his wife.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday that Ronald Edmond, 20, and Kenyatta Foster, 42, were arrested Tuesday after investigators discovered evidence that implicated them in the W.E. Willis case. Both are charged with accessory after the fact.

According to warrants, Foster and Edmond were first arrested on November 7th at a home on Woodvine Way in Mauldin.

Later, Lieutenant Ryan Flood confirmed that Foster and Edmond, mother and son, were in possession of stolen pistols that were linked directly to the Willis case.

Deputies said investigators also stated that Edmond and Foster tried to cover up the crimes and lied about their knowledge of what occurred during and after the robbery and brutal of Mr. and Mrs. Willis on Sept. 25.

“We are going to work and continue working until every single suspect is identified, apprehended and brought to justice,” said Lt. Flood.

In a press conference Thursday, Greenville County Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown announced that they were searching for 5 suspects caught on surveillance video at the W.E. Willis store in Landrum.

Flood also announced Wednesday that there may be more suspects in the Willis case than originally thought.

“During the course of the investigation we were able to learn information that established a potential sixth suspect.”

Other suspects are accused of binding and torturing the couple before ransacking their Travelers Rest home. Mrs. Willis was shot and stabbed in the attack. 

Last week, Mark Alan Wright, 49, of Travelers Rest and Jack Foreman, 38, of West Palm Beach, Fla. were arrested on numerous charges for their alleged roles. Days later, deputies arrested 38-year-old Jermaine Bernard Williams of Greer.  

Chandra Willis-Kasa, daughter to Warren Willis and his wife Ann, who was also attacked at her home, spoke with 7-News over the phone Wednesday and said she’d been struggling to understand why anyone would hard her parents in such a violent manner.

However, because she said family still did not know any of the arrested suspects, for the first time, she stated she believes that this was just an armed robbery that went to an extreme.

“I do not think it was a personal motive at all,” she told 7 News. “I think it’s just a really bad group of people that wanted to commit a crime to get someone else’s money.”

Lieutenant Ryan Flood, public information officer with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, says deputies are still searching for three suspects. 

Edmond and Foster are being held without bond in the Greenville County Detention Center.

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