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Sylvania store clerk beaten with bat during robbery
Suspect arrested; woman remains hospitalized
Frederick Lamont Jones
Frederick Lamont Jones

A woman remains in a Savannah hospital after a violent beating and armed robbery in Sylvania Saturday. The man police say is responsible for the brutal attack with a baseball bat is in the Screven County Jail.

Frederick Lamont Jones, 36, of South Hull Street in Sylvania, is charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and probation violation, according to booking records from the Screven County Sheriff’s Office.

Sylvania police Chief Shane Burke issued a statement Sunday about the attack and armed robbery.

At approximately 2:07 a.m. Saturday, police “received a call in reference to a clerk at Pojo's (a convenience store on South Main Street) being beaten with a bat and robbed,” he said. “Upon arrival, we found the clerk, who was treated by Screven EMS and then transported to Memorial Medical Center in Savannah due to injuries sustained in this violent, unnecessary act.”

He did not disclose the amount of money or anything else the suspect is believed to have stolen.

Sylvania police officers called the Screven County Sheriff’s Office to assist, as well as the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, he said.

Deputies and detectives launched an active investigation that followed into the next incoming shift, with both agencies working together, and identified Jones as a suspect, he said.

Around 4:43 p.m.  Saturday, Jones was taken into custody and “charged accordingly in this horrific event,” Burke said. 

Screven County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Brett Dickerson said Monday the victim was still in the hospital but was stable.

Burke was not available Monday for additional comment.

In his statement released on social media, he expressed his gratitude to his officers and others, as well as that of the victim, who was not identified.

“My officers did a great job with this case, as did all the others involved,” he said. “We would also like to thank Screven County Sheriff Mike Kile and the sheriff’s deputies, Sheriff Noel Brown and the Bulloch County K-9 unit, the District Attorney’s Office and the citizens who all helped make this arrest possible. The victim in this case was notified and appreciative of all who helped.”

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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