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Two charged with witness tampering
Parents tried to pay off man in armed robbery
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Forsyth County News

The parents of a man charged last month in connection with an armed robbery have been arrested for reportedly offering to pay off a witness.

William and Cindy Poss of Cumming have been charged by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office with two counts each of tampering with a witness.

They were released Jan. 14 after each posted a $44,000 cash-only bond.

The Posses could not be reached for comment Monday.

Their son, 24-year-old Jonathan Poss, was arrested Dec. 23.

Within three days of his arrest, authorities said, five other young people were arrested. They included: Jeremy Daniels and Stephanie Brough, both 23; Kyle Elzey, 22; Christopher Holder, 20; and Timothy Lynch, 19.

The six, all of whom are from Cumming, were each charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and burglary.

A jail spokeswoman said Holder was released Friday on a $66,000 bond. The other five suspects remain in custody.

The name of the witness, who also is the alleged victim, has not been released. His Grand Prix Street home was robbed Dec. 22.

Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Franco said the attackers wore masks and gloves during the incident. But one of the suspects, later identified as Jonathan Poss, reportedly removed his mask while they attacked the man.

"They forced their way into the residence and proceeded to physically assault him, asking for his valuables," Franco said.

He said one of the suspects was armed with a bat and another used what was later determined to be a replica BB gun.

Investigators said Cindy Poss later met with the witness and offered to pay him if he would change his testimony against her son.

Franco said the man told investigators about his conversation with Cindy Poss.

Citing the nature of the incident, the Forsyth County District Attorney's Office also got involved in the investigation.

Franco said officials had the man set up a meeting with the couple, which was recorded.

"In this particular meeting, clearly both Mr. and Mrs. Poss made an offer of money for this individual to change his story," Franco said.

He said a condition of William and Cindy Poss's release is that they do not contact the man.