By Kathy Jefcoats
FAYETTEVILLE — Fayetteville police are looking for a Hampton man as a suspect in a “brazen” afternoon robbery at a busy shopping center.
Lt. Mike Whitlow said Marquise Raphiel Jackson, 20, is wanted in connection with the snatching of a woman’s bag at Fayette Pavilion. Whitlow said Jackson was identified by alleged accomplices and confirmed through surveillance video from the AT&T Store inside the center.
Police said a woman, 57, was getting into her car about 2:38 p.m. when a man opened her passenger door and took a bag containing an Apple iPhone.
Whitlow said the suspect fled in a red Dodge Grand Caravan accompanied by at least two other suspects. Several witnesses provided a license plate number to police. Fayetteville police and Fayette County deputies flooded the area and the vehicle was located in the parking lot of the Home Depot, he said.
Fayetteville detectives found a second vehicle a short time later and arrested two suspects who had aided in the crime, said Whitlow.
“One of the suspects provided information which identified the robber as Marquise Raphiel Jackson, 20, of Hampton,” he said. “The suspect’s identity was confirmed through surveillance video from AT&T.”
Jackson was spotted a short time later on Roberts Road in Fayette County, north of the Pavilion and a brief foot chase ensued with Jackson fleeing into an extremely wooded area, said Whitlow. Fayetteville police and deputies searched the wooded area into the night and early morning hours and spotted Jackson several more times but he eluded capture, he said.
Whitlow said Jackson is 6 feet 1 inches tall, weighs 160 pounds and was last seen wearing blue shorts and a white T-shirt in the wooded area between Ga. 314 and Ga. 85 north of the Fayette Pavilion.
Jackson will be charged with robbery by sudden snatching, said Whitlow.
According to Clayton County court records, Jackson is in violation of First Offender probation for a 2010 conviction for burglary, theft by receiving stolen property and possession of a weapon by a person under 18. He also has previous convictions for simple battery and disruption of public schools.
Police are still looking for Jackson and ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact the Fayetteville Police Department at 770-461-4441.