By Mehgaan Jones
A collaborative effort by the Clayton County, Morrow, Lake City, and Riverdale police departments has led to the arrests of two people, and a search for two others, in connection with a string of robberies of local businesses.
According to Clayton County Police Sgt. Otis Willis, Clayton County police recently arrested Xavier Levell Calloway, 18, and Kayla Ann Barnes, 19, of Hampton.
He said two other suspects, 17-year-old Tequez Lapelle Miller, of Jonesboro, also known as Tookie, and Morrow resident, Quentin Ace Williams, 21, are still being sought in the case, and police have active warrants for their arrests.
"The suspects have a host of charges, including armed robbery," said Willis. "These individuals are responsible for 19 armed robberies in Clayton County, and additional incidents are still being investigated."
Some of the businesses that have allegedly been robbed, according to Willis, include:
* The Subway at 11136 Tara Boulevard, in Hampton.
* The Subway at 8103 Tara Boulevard, in Jonesboro.
* Wings and Seafood at 188 Upper Riverdale Road, in Jonesboro.
According to Willis, on Dec. 15, 2010, at approximately 7 p.m., the Subway restaurant at 11135 Tara Boulevard, in Hampton, was robbed at gunpoint. "Witnesses in the area were able to provide enough information, which led detectives to a white, 2007 Nissan Sentra, in Stockbridge, Ga.," said Willis.
Information inside the vehicle led detectives to a home in the Lake Harbin Apartments, in Morrow, according to Willis. "Stolen property recovered during the search warrant was linked to other armed robberies throughout the county," he said.
He said the stolen items include a large amount of money, firearms, and computers.
Clayton County Police, Morrow Police, Lake City Police and Riverdale Police compared notes on similar, recent, criminal activity in their jurisdictions, Will said.
"The information all jurisdictions shared enabled all agencies to obtain arrest warrants," he said. "Bringing an end to this armed robbery ring is a perfect example of the initiatives put in place by the new administration here at the Clayton County Police Department,"said Willis.
He explained that the arrests were possible because of the teamwork among the participating law enforcement agencies. According to Willis, suspects Kayla Barnes and Xavier Calloway were in custody at the Clayton County Jail, in Jonesboro, on Monday.