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Stockbridge man arrested with help of citizen

By Mehgaan Jones

mjones@news-daily.com

The Clayton County Sheriff's Office arrested an armed robbery suspect, in Jonesboro, with the help of a local citizen.

According to officials, the local resident, who was not identified by officials on Monday, joined police in the pursuit of the suspect, and assisted in the apprehension.

Stockbridge resident, Jason Bernard Wade, 28, faces charges of armed robbery, felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault, drug possession and battery.

According to Clayton County Deputy Sheriff Chris Storey, a Sheriff's Office spokesman, Wade allegedly robbed the O'Reilly's Auto Parts store, located at 6623 Tara Boulevard, on Saturday.

Deputy John Strutko was responding to the area to assist Clayton County Police, when he observed a gray, Chevrolet Impala, according to Storey. The vehicle's description had been given out by Clayton County Police dispatchers.

"Wade was traveling southbound on Tara Boulevard as Deputy Strutko traveled northbound," said Storey. He added that Strutko made a U-turn and observed the Chevrolet Impala pull into the Shell gas station, at the corner of Tara Boulevard and Sherwood Drive.

"Deputy Strutko made contact with Wade walking behind the Shell, and Wade ran from that location," said Storey. According to Storey, Strutko was able to catch up to Wade, and a brief struggle ensued. Storey said that Strutko received minor cuts and abrasions to both arms.

"Wade managed to run away again, down Doncaster Road toward Huntington Drive," Storey said. He added that the deputy was advised by a "concerned citizen" of Wade's direction of travel. "The concerned citizen joined the foot chase with Deputy Strutko, and assisted in the apprehension of Wade," Storey said.

Deputy Strutko said that the successful apprehension of Wade is due to the collaboration among Clayton County dispatchers, law enforcement, and one courageous, concerned citizen.

Wade's bond was denied, according to online court documents. His preliminary hearing will be held on Oct. 28. Storey said that Wade was still in custody at the Clayton County Jail, on Monday night.