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McDonough Police’s quick response leads to arrest

Andrew Dennis Hammond, Jr.

Andrew Dennis Hammond, Jr.

McDonough Police apprehended an armed robbery suspect within minutes of his alleged crime.

According to police, an employee of the Zaxby’s restaurant, located at 821 E. Georgia Highway 81 in McDonough, was about to enter her car when she was robbed at gun point. The daytime armed robbery took place Dec. 19, at 9:51 a.m.

The victim told police, “I heard something in the woods. I tuned around, and a guy with a gun pointed [it] in my face, and asked if I had the money, give up the money.”

The employee reportedly handed the gunman her purse, and he yelled, “Give me the money!” The employee handed the gunman the bank bag [from the restaurant] and he ran away with the money, according to the police report.

The gunman was described as a dark-skinned, black male, approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall, and wearing a black coat, with a hood pulled over his head, and a dark bandana covering his face.

McDonough Criminal Investigation Division Major Kyle Helgerson said police are not releasing the amount of money taken during the heist. He credits the quick capture of the alleged armed robber to the large number of police officers responding to the crime.

When patrol units arrived on the scene, McDonough Sgt. M. Gilmer saw the suspect coming out of the woods near the restaurant, said the major.

“Sgt. Gilmer put the subject down at gunpoint, the subject complied and was taken into custody,” explained Maj. Helgerson.

Police arrested Andrew Dennis Hammond, Jr., 20.

“After a search of his person, police found the bandana, a black semi-automatic pistol, along with the night deposit bag,” said Helgerson.

Hammond was taken to the Henry County Jail, where he remained without bond at press time Wednesday.