MORROW — Three suspects in a T-Mobile store robbery are in custody after a Clayton County Sheriff‘s K-9 officer tracked them down.
The suspects allegedly held up the T-Mobile store in the Southlake Pavilion Shopping Center, 1990 Mt. Zion Road. The store is steps away from where several local law enforcement agencies had held their annual National Night Out event the night before.
According to the Sheriff’s Department, the three allegedly brandished semi-automatic pistols and ordered workers to put cell phones and cash into a plastic garbage bag, then fled in a black late-model Mazda 3 with a temporary tag.
Members of the COBRA Squad spotted the car on I-75 North. A high-speed chase ensued. The Mazda exited on University Avenue, then crashed on Ridge Avenue. Deputies took one suspect into custody and two K-9 officers went after the other suspects. K-9 Officer Tracker, a bloodhound, tracked them down.
Morrow Police Chief Jimmy Callaway said the suspects may be involved in similar cell phone store robberies around metro Atlanta. Callaway has called in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation‘s new Gang Task Force and several other jurisdictions to look into the matter.
Morrow Police charged the driver, Eric Eugene Williams, 28, along with passengers Cantrez Griffin, 17, and Akshunn Amire Williams, 22, all of Atlanta, in the incident. All three were in the Clayton County Jail as of press time, charged with armed robbery and obstructing an officer. Eric Williams faces additional charges of accidental hit and run, second-degree criminal damage, reckless driving, fleeing from a police officer, and driving the wrong way on a one-way street. Akshunn Williams faces an additional charge of tampering with evidence.
Eric Williams was granted $1,500 bond and $350 in fees on the reckless driving charge and $500 bond and $150 in fees on the wrong-way charge. However, he and Akshunn Williams were denied bond on the rest of the charges. Magistrate Court Judge Wanda Dallas granted Griffin $3,000 bond on the obstruction charge but denied bond on the armed robbery charge.
All three suspects face a preliminary hearing on Aug. 29 at 8 a.m., with a bond hearing set for Aug. 30 at 8 a.m. in Room 203 before Presiding Magistrate Judge Richard C. Brown.