Two men suspected in separate armed robbery incidents over the past weekend are in jail, facing felony charges.
One man reportedly robbed victims at an apartment complex Friday, and another is said to have robbed a fast food restaurant on Buckhead Drive Sunday. The incidents are unrelated, police said.
Friday, Statesboro police arrested Othnell Christian Ferguson, 22, of East Main Street, charging him in an armed robbery and reported aggravated assault of victims at the Cambridge at Southern — The Pines apartment complex on Lanier Drive.
Officers received information about an armed robbery in progress just before 5 p.m., said Statesboro police Chief Mike Broadhead.
"Upon arrival, the initial responding officers spotted a subject matching the description, given by the caller, fleeing the scene," he said.
Officers followed the man into an apartment building in the neighboring Cambridge at Southern — The Palms apartment complex, he said. There, they took the man, identified as Ferguson, into custody without incident. He was taken to the Bulloch County Jail and charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and obstruction.
Sunday around 11:41 p.m., police were called to Sonic on Buckhead Drive regarding another armed robbery in progress, Broadhead said.
Officers arrived at the scene to see a man matching the suspect's description run into the wooded area behind Harbor Freight.
"The officers were able to set up a perimeter around the area the suspect fled into, (and) he was apprehended a brief time later," he said.
The suspect in the Sonic armed robbery was identified as Geraldo McGuyver Huff, 29, of Lynes Avenue in Savannah. He was taken to the Bulloch County Jail on charges of armed robbery.
"Additional charges are pending further investigation," Broadhead said.
No further details about either incident were available Monday.
Detective Dustin Cross is investigating the Sonic armed robbery incident, while Detective Keith Holloway is leading the Cambridge at Southern — The Pines investigation.
The Bulloch County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Southern University Police Department and Georgia State Patrol assisted in The Pines incident, Broadhead said.
Anyone with information concerning these cases is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911.
Anonymous tips may be submitted online at www.tipsoft.com or by sending the text "TPSSPD" followed by the message to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential, he said.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.