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Police jail restaurant robbers

By Aisha I. Jefferson

Four Clayton County teens remain in jail in connection to a string of Asian restaurant owner robberies that took place throughout Henry County in recent months. Two of the men are expected to go before a Magistrate judge within the next week, while the others had their cases bound over to a grand jury, according to the Henry County Jail.

The latest robbery occurred Aug. 10 when the men followed the victim home from the China Cafe 12 in Ellenwood, according to police. The victim was robbed at gunpoint and struck with a pistol upon arriving home, Henry County Police Lt. Jason Bolton. Police believe other victims may have been followed to their homes after closing their businesses for the night as well.

Following the Aug. 10 robbery, Henry County police became involved in a car chase with the suspects, who crashed and fled on foot, Bolton said.

Ellenwood resident Christopher Veasey, 18, and Rex residents, Alfred Bryant, 17, Larry Edwards, 17, and Jeron Duffy, 17, were arrested between Aug. 12 and Aug. 18, and charged with armed robbery, Bolton said.

Veasey also was charged with aggravated assault for striking the victim in the head with a gun during the Aug. 10 robbery, and he was charged with a second count of armed robbery from a May 5 robbery in which the victim and one of the suspects exchanged gunfire, Bolton said.

"We found them through who the car belonged to," Bolton said. "They located the owner of the vehicle and found out who they loaned the vehicle to."

Bolton said they started identifying the men one after another.

A Henry County Magistrate judge dismissed charges against Rex resident Jeffery Dodson, 18, on Aug. 24, who was arrested and jailed two weeks ago, according to Henry County Jail.

The investigation in Henry County is ongoing, and Bolton said other counties, including DeKalb, Clayton, Douglas and Gwinnett, are working closely with local detectives to determine if the men are responsible for robberies in their jurisdictions.