3 arrested in connection with robberies
Posted: Thursday, May 5, 2011 9:55 pm
By: Chris Menees, Staff Reporter
By CHRIS MENEES
Three men have been arrested so far for a Wednesday armed robbery at a South Fulton business, with one of them also charged in a Monday incident there.
Police said the three suspects — Scott Mayberry Jr., 20, of South Fulton; Christopher C. Brown, 19, of Fulton; and John Duggon, age unavailable, of the Twin Cities area — were each arrested on a charge of aggravated robbery in connection with a robbery at Cash Express on Broadway.
In addition, a warrant was issued charging Brown with aggravated robbery in connection with a Monday hold-up at New Wave Communications’ office on Broadway in South Fulton.
The three men were arrested Wednesday across the state line in Fulton, Ky., and are being held in the Fulton County (Ky.) Detention Center pending extradition.
South Fulton Police Chief Andy Crocker said Cash Express at 125 Broadway was robbed about 9:25 a.m. Wednesday by two black men who entered the store and demanded money.
Crocker said the intruders pointed a gun at a customer who was standing at the counter and told him to get out of the store. The robbers — one wearing a black hoodie and the other a red hoodie, both with their faces covered — then demanded money from the business’ clerks.
The clerks handed over the money and the robbers allegedly asked, “Is that all of it?” After the clerks assured them it was, the men fled out the front door and jumped a small security fence that had been erected by the company following another robbery a few months ago.
No one was injured.
Crocker said the two suspects apparently had a car occupied by two other men waiting for them nearby on Central Avenue. Witnesses on Central Avenue saw the men “running and scrambling” to get into the car before they fled the area, he said.
Another witness on Gin Street also saw the suspects and the customer who left the store during the robbery provided police with valuable information that included a description of the vehicle and a direction of travel. Crocker said the customer got into his own vehicle and went around the block in time to see the suspects turn onto State Line.
Crocker said a Kentucky State Police officer was in neighboring Fulton at the time and heard a police radio transmission that provided a good description of the robbery suspects’ vehicle.
The KSP reported it was notified at 9:33 a.m. of the armed robbery which had just occurred at Cash Express and the KSP trooper who was on routine patrol observed a vehicle fitting the description. He initiated a traffic stop, at which time one of the passengers fled on foot into a nearby apartment.
The driver and two other occupants remained in the vehicle and were detained by the KSP officer in order for South Fulton police to identify the vehicle and its occupants as being suspects in the robbery.
The KSP and Fulton police officers subsequently located marijuana, crack cocaine and a firearm in the vehicle. The gun was identified as the weapon allegedly used in the Cash Express robbery.
Crocker said the business’ clerks saw one gun during the incident and police recovered one handgun, as well as the drugs and an undisclosed amount of cash, from Brown. The KSP also charged Brown with carrying a concealed deadly weapon, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.
The police chief reported the fourth unknown suspect who fled into the apartment apparently went out through a back door to elude police and was still at large today. He said a tracking dog was utilized for a considerable time Wednesday as authorities searched for him.
“We are hoping we will get his identity soon,” Crocker said. “We are still investigating.”
Anyone who has information about the fourth suspect is asked to contact the South Fulton Police Department at (731) 479-1311 or Crime Stoppers at 885-TIPS (885-8477).
The additional warrant charging Brown with another count of aggravated robbery stems from Monday’s armed robbery of the New Wave Communications office at 514 Broadway in South Fulton.
Crocker said an employee at New Wave was robbed at gunpoint about 10:35 a.m. by a black man who walked up to the counter, pointed a handgun at a clerk and demanded money. He allegedly asked the clerk several times, “Is that all of it?”
The suspect, who was wearing a black hoodie, took an undisclosed amount of money and exited through the front door. He reportedly ran east and disappeared around the building.
Cash Express hit again
Wednesday’s robbery at Cash Express was the second time the business had been hit in the last four months. The first robbery occurred Dec. 30, 2010, at 10:38 a.m. when two masked suspects were in and out of the business in just 31⁄2 minutes.
In that incident, Crocker said the two men came inside the business and forced the two female clerks to open a cash drawer, brandishing a pistol which was pointed at a clerk. The employees were placed in a storage closet and made to lie down on the floor before the intruders fled. The robbers reportedly shut the closet door and told employees to count to 30.
The employees apparently heard the robbers exit and waited a minute before they exited the closet to call for help. No one was injured.
When the robbers entered the business in December, employees were actually on the telephone with Cash Express’ corporate office in the Nashville area. Crocker said technology allowed the corporate office to see inside the local store and workers at the corporate office called 911 when they realized what was happening at the South Fulton location.
Crocker said the men arrested for the Wednesday hold-up are not the same men who were involved in the December robbery.
In the wake of the two robberies this week, Crocker said people need to take safety precautions and always be aware of their surroundings, particularly who is coming in and out.
“One split second can be the difference,” he said.
Crocker said businesses, in particular, need to take a close look at security measures. He said all three of the robberies in South Fulton involved female employees and he cautioned that business owners need to be particularly cautious about women working alone.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger 5.5.11