Two more suspects were arrested last week in connection with an armed robbery, Statesboro police announced Wednesday morning, and they also have been tied to two robberies that took place in Bulloch County earlier in the month.
The robbery was initially reported at 11:57 p.m. Oct. 31, after the Statesboro Police Department, Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia State Patrol responded to a vehicle crash on Country Club Road.
The victims told police that when they arrived at their home on South College Street, two men with firearms approached, aimed the weapons at the victims’ heads and demanded money. After the suspects got the money, they got into a nearby vehicle and left southbound on South College – followed closely in another vehicle by the victims, Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner said in a news release issued Nov. 1.
The chase ended up on Country Club Road, where the vehicles crashed and the suspects fled on foot. One suspect, Michael Marcellus Pinkston, 40, of Maple Avenue in Swainsboro, was arrested moments later after police officers, deputies and state troopers, along with the Georgia State Prison K-9 Unit, searched the area and found him, Turner said.
Turner added Wednesday that in addition to those agencies, he wanted to thank the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit for assisting in the search.
Turner said that at 11 a.m. Nov. 1, Tramane Janard Fields, 24, of Plantation Villas on Lanier Drive in Statesboro, was arrested in his home. A search warrant was executed in the home after Fields was arrested, and he is being held at the Bulloch County Jail pending further court action.
Then at 8 a.m. Friday, Jasmyne Desirae Hendrix, 21, of the same address as Fields, surrendered herself to the Statesboro Police Department, Turner said Wednesday. Hendrix also is being held at the Bulloch County Jail pending further court action.
During this investigation, Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office investigators and Statesboro police detectives noticed similarities with the Oct. 31 armed robbery and two others that occurred outside the city limits, on Oct. 8 and 28. As a result of the investigation, the suspects have been charged in connection with those two holdups, Turner said.
According to sheriff’s office news release issued Wednesday afternoon, the owners of a convenience store were confronted by several black males, one with a firearm, at 12:45 a.m. Oct. 8 after they arrived at their home in the 800 block of Julieann Way. The suspects robbed the victims but released them unharmed and then fled the scene, Sheriff Lynn Anderson said.
At 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28, the owners of a local grocery store catering to Hispanic customers reported being followed to their home in the 6000 block of Banks Dairy Road by two black males, then being robbed at gunpoint before being released unharmed, Anderson said.
Sheriff’s office investigators considered these cases related because of the similarities. Their break came with the Statesboro robbery, the sheriff said.
Deputy John Quattlebaum, who was on routine patrol, drove up on the scene of the crash on Country Club Road around shortly before midnight Oct. 31 and called for assistance. Besides police officers, deputies, state troopers and a K-9 unit, a helicopter also was involved in the search that turned up Pinkston, Anderson said.
Pinkston is charged with five counts of armed robbery and two counts each of kidnapping, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Fields is charged with two counts each of armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault and being a party to the crime of armed robbery, and one count of possession of a firearm during commission of a crime.
Hendrix is charged with three counts of being a party to the crime of armed robbery.
Anyone with information concerning the Oct. 31 incident is asked to contact Detective Benjamin Purvis at the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911. Information on the Oct. 8 robbery should be given to Capt. Todd Hutchens at the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office at (912) 764-1787. And information on the Oct. 28 holdup should be given to sheriff’s Investigator Dusty Williams at (912) 764-1703 You may also submit information to www.tipsoft.com or by texting a tip that starts with “TIPSSPD” plus your message” to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential.
Jason Wermers may be reached at (912) 489-9431.