Statesboro and Georgia Southern University police took quick action early Friday morning, arresting two suspects within minutes after two armed robberies in the Georgia Southern University area.
Around 12:12 a.m. Friday, two men masked with bandanas, one wielding a gun, first approached victims at an O’Neal Drive residence, taking an assortment of electronics and a wallet, said Statesboro police Community Information Specialist Madison Warren.
Around 12:51 a.m., officers responded to a Georgia Avenue location, where a victim said she was walking when two unknown men, fitting the description of the two who robbed the nearby O’Neal Drive residence, “approached her and demanded she give them her bag or they would shoot her,” Warren said. “The suspects fled on foot after obtaining the bag.”
Officers began patrolling the area, and patrol officers apprehended one suspect, Christian Scott, after a brief foot chase in the area of the Fast and Easy convenience store on Lanier Drive, she said.
“Almost immediately afterward, officers of (the) Georgia Southern University Police Department detained a second suspect, identified as Willie Brown, fleeing from the same area,” Warren said.
Both suspects were arrested and taken to the Bulloch County Jail to await further court action.
The investigation into these incidents is ongoing, and additional charges may be added pending investigative outcomes, according to Warren. No one was injured in either robbery.
Scott, 19, from Auburn, Georgia, and Willie Brown, 18, of Statesboro, are each charged with two counts of armed robbery.
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911. You may also anonymously submit information to www.tipsoft.com or by texting a tip to “TIPSSPD” followed by your message to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential, she said.