A man police said robbed a Northside Drive East convenience store March 6 was arrested Tuesday in Warner Robins on traffic charges but will face local charges as well.
On March 8, two days after the GATE station was robbed, Statesboro police detectives identified the suspect as Christopher Orvet James of Houston County, said Statesboro Police Deputy Chief Rob Bryan.
The suspect police believe was James, 42, went inside the store just before 2 a.m. on March 6, “presented a knife and demanded money from the clerk,” he said. “The suspect then made the clerk go into a room within the business as he was leaving the store.”
Bryan did not disclose the amount of money James allegedly took. He then “entered a van-type vehicle and fled the scene,” he said. No one was injured during the robbery.
Detective Tommy Brown, with the Statesboro Police Criminal Investigation Bureau, was assigned as lead investigator in the case and issued arrest warrants for James for charges of armed robbery, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime and kidnapping. The kidnapping charge was brought because James forced the clerk into another room.
Brown also issued a lookout to other law enforcement agencies for James, and he was entered in the Georgia Crime Information Center and National Crime Information Center as a wanted person.
Warner Robins police arrested James on Tuesday on charges of obstruction of an officer, criminal interference with government property, fleeing/attempting to elude, suspended license and running a red light, said Warner Robins police spokesperson Jenifer Parsons.
“A detainer has been placed on James for the charges related to the armed robbery in Statesboro,” Bryan said.
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911.
Anonymous tips may also be submitted online at www.tipsoft.com or by sending the text “TIPSSPD” 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.