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Bank robbery suspect quickly arrested

Clayton police and Morrow Police investigate similar bank robbery

MORROW — Clayton County Police apprehended a bank robbery suspect Wednesday 10 minutes after the heist and Morrow Police are investigating similarities to its recent bank robberies.

Clayton Police spokesperson officer Phong Nguyen said police responded to the Wells Fargo Bank, located at 7155 Jonesboro Road, in Morrow at 10:43 a.m.

“The robber fled from the Wells Fargo prior to officers arrival,” Nguyen said. “A description was given, and four or five of our officers saw him at the Shell gas station.”

Police swarmed the gas station located at the intersection of Tara Boulevard and Sherwood Drive.

“He was trying to elude officers by acting as though he was pumping gas,” the officer added. “While the officers were questioning him, he tried to flee on foot from them. However, he was apprehended shortly afterward.”

Mitchell Jenkins, 42, of Lake City was arrested and charged with robbery, giving a false name and obstruction of an officers.

Police said there were no injuries during the bank robbery and the suspect did not use a weapon during the heist.

Nguyen said the suspect walked into the bank alone, and later was caught alone.

“This is an ongoing investigation and there could be additional charges,” Nguyen added. “We did contact the FBI, and both agencies are working on the case.”

Morrow Police Capt. James Callaway said he, along with Morrow police investigators, responded to Wells Fargo and later responded to the Shell gas station where the arrest took place.

“We were aware of the bank robbery call, and were on stand by in case they needed us,” said Callaway.

“We were curious as to the similarities to Clayton County bank robbery in the city of Morrow on Oct. 5, at our Wells Fargo,” Callaway added. “We are working continuously to determine if this person that Clayton Police arrested is the same person who robbed the Wells Fargo in Morrow. Clayton County Police Department did an outstanding job today with a quick apprehension.”