Police charge man in string of armed robberies across Gwinnett

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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. —

Gwinnett County police tell Channel 2 Action News they have a man in custody they said is responsible for 10 armed robberies in six days.

The most serious robbery left a Norcross man with two gunshot wounds.

The victim, Bobby Swagner, 25, told Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh he had just returned home from work. He parked his truck, got out and encountered a gunman.

"He was within 3 feet standing distance," Swagner said.

He said the gunman demanded his wallet but after getting it shot him anyway July 19 on Traymore Drive in Norcross.

"The next thing I remember I was being shot," he said.

He said the first shot hit his neck. Swagner said as he was running into his home, a second shot struck him in the back of the leg.

"But only soft tissue damage, everyone says it was a miracle," he said.

Gwinnett County police said what happened to Swanger was the most violent in a series of armed robberies in the Norcross-Lilburn area.

"As many as 20 cases and these occurred over the course of about a week," said Cpl. Jake Smith with the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Investigators believe Demarcus Morris, 19, was preying on people who were just feet from their front doors.

"He was targeting people in the very early morning hours," Smith said.

Police said it was an odd time for robberies to occur. And with so many victims, they knew they had trend. They arrested Morris two days after Swagner was shot.

"I'm very happy he's off the streets,' Swagner said. "Everyone is just saying how lucky I am and I feel lucky to be alive."

Swagner is a security guard and an Army reservist. He never expected to encounter gunshots in front of his home.

Police said they are looking into the possibility that Morris wasn't working alone. He's charged with 14 counts of armed robbery in 10 cases.