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Armed robbery suspect turns himself in
Immanuel Lawton

    A man wanted for the Dec. 9 armed robbery of a local tobacco store turned himself in Sunday, police said.
    Immanuel Lawton, 19, Lee Street, was named a suspect in the robbery after Statesboro Police detectives responded to the scene at Discount Beverage and Tobacco Outlet on Northside Drive East, said Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner.
    On that date, Lawton entered the store, showed a hand gun and demanded money, said Statesboro Police Major Scott Brunson.
    The clerk was unharmed, and Lawton fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, he said.
    Statesboro Police Detective Keith Holloway enlisted the aid of the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, and warrants were taken for Lawton’s arrest, Turner said.
    After over a month of being at large, Lawton surrendered himself Sunday around 5:09 p.m., to staff at the Bulloch County Jail, he said.
    He is being held without bond on charges of  false imprisonment, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of tools for the commission of a crime and armed robbery.
    Brunson explained the false imprisonment charge stems from Lawton keeping the clerk held against her will during the robbery.
    Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911, Turner said.
    “You may also submit information to or by texting a tip to ‘TIPSSPD plus your message’ to 274637 (CRIMES).  All information is strictly confidential.”
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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