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Armed robbery suspect caught in Clayton

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

By Elaine Rackleyand By Kathy Jefcoats

erackley@henryherald.com

A Fayetteville man, who is a registered Texas sex offender, according to police, was in Henry County Magistrate Court Wednesday, to answer armed robbery charges, following his arrest by Clayton County police.

At the end of a chase that reached up to 80 mph, on Mt. Zion Boulevard, in Morrow, Anthony Craig Dobson, 44, was taken into custody Tuesday, and was being held in the Henry County Jail. He also faces felony and misdemeanor charges in Clayton County.

Dobson waived his preliminary hearing before Magistrate Judge Robert Godwin, who bound the case over to Henry County Superior Court, with a superior court bond only. He was represented by the Public Defender's Office.

Dobson is charged with two counts of armed robbery in Henry County, according to Henry County Police Maj. Jason Bolton. He is accused of stealing $175 from a Subway restaurant, and $1,500 from the Delta Community Credit Union, using a handgun, according to an arrest warrant used in Henry County Magistrate Court.

Police said the suspect robbed the Subway at 101 North Park Place, in Stockbridge, on April 8, at 10:05 a.m., and on the next day, he allegedly robbed the Delta Community Credit Union, at 285 Center Pointe Parkway, also in Stockbridge.

"He indicated he had a gun [in the Subway robbery] although he did not display one," said Bolton. However, in the credit union robbery Dobson made reference to blowing up the bank if his demands were not met, according to the major.

"He indicated he had an explosive device and presented what ultimately turned out to be a garage door opener wrapped with a telephone cord," explained Bolton. Police recovered that device at the scene, he added.

Clayton County Police apprehended Dobson Tuesday, and turned him over to Henry County Police the same day, said Bolton. Two large knives were recovered during the arrest, according to Henry Police.

"Dobson has several warrants out of Fayette County, for two armed robberies and one robbery by sudden snatch," said Bolton.

Dobson did not have any accomplices, and no one was injured during the robberies in Henry County, Bolton said.

Clayton police caught up with Dobson in Morrow, on Tuesday driving a 2000 Chrysler Voyager that had been reported stolen Friday in Fayetteville.

Dobson reportedly gave chase, exceeding 80 mph on Mt. Zion Boulevard, before stopping inside the Publix Shopping Center and running inside the Publix store, police said. Dobson ran out the back door of the store where police were waiting.

According to the Fayette County Sheriff's Office, Dobson is a registered sex offender. He was convicted of sexual assault on a child under 10 in Texas in 1995. In 2001, he pleaded guilty in Clayton State Court for failing to register as a sex offender.