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Suspect attempts store robbery
Man fled after choking clerk
Frank Smith Jr.

A man who police said choked a clerk while trying to rob a South Main convenience store Friday is now behind bars, said Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner.
Around 4:55 a.m., a man approached a clerk in GATE Station while she was working. The man, later identified as Frank Smith Jr., 39, Lydia Lane, came up behind the woman and “put her in a choke hold and demanded money from her,” he said.
But when a second employee came out of the cooler, Smith fled.
Statesboro Police responded to the scene, and Detective Keith Holloway began an investigation, Turner said.  Smith was arrested around 2:30 p.m. near his home. He is currently being held at the Bulloch County Jail, pending further court action. Charges were not finalized as of Herald press time.
“Anyone with additional information about the robbery is asked to contact Det. Keith Holloway with the Statesboro Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division,” he said.
Callers may reach Holloway at 912-764-9911. “Information that is provided will be held in strict confidence,” Turner said.
People with tips may also submit them online at or by texting a tip to “TIPSSPD plus your message” to 274637 (CRIMES). 

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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