Teen gets prison in assault

5/2/2014, 6 a.m.

Quiantae Destin Collins will spend the next decade and a half behind bars after pleading guilty in a brutal home invasion, robbery and assault on an elderly Lithonia woman in 2013.

Quiantae Collins

Quiantae Collins

DeKalb Superior Court Judge Mark Scott on April 29 sentenced Collins to spend 15 of a 20-year sentence behind bars.

Collins, who is now 18, knocked on the victim’s door on Sept. 17, 2013, and asked to borrow detergent for his grandmother.

When she opened the door, he choked her and knocked her to the floor, then hit and kicked her several times in the chest.

He stole a check from her checkbook and stole her vehicle. He was later apprehended by DeKalb police officers. Her stolen check was in his pocket when he was arrested.

DeKalb District Attorney Robert James said Collins will have more than a decade behind bars to think about his brutal and senseless attack on an innocent senior citizen.

“Our office works tirelessly to combat crimes and scams against seniors in DeKalb County. Hopefully this sentence sends a resounding message to those who seek to prey on vulnerable adults.”

James said part of his outreach effort is to remind seniors and their loved ones to be mindful at all times that people target them for various violent crimes and financial scams. He advises families with seniors to check on them frequently and make sure they’re safe, especially if they live alone.

Deputy Chief Assistant Attorney Jeanne Canavan served as lead prosecutor on the case.