• Police hope surveillance video will lead to arrest in bank robbery

    By: Kerry Kavanaugh


    GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Police have arrested one man and are asking for help tracking down two more after a bank robbery in Gwinnett County.

    Two men stormed into the Wells Fargo bank on Highway 29 last week. One had a shotgun, the other a pistol.

    But police said when the two men left they got in the wrong getaway car and the plan unraveled from there.

    Newly released surveillance video shows the moments those two men threatened bank workers at gunpoint and demanded cash. One is waving that shotgun the other pointing a hand gun.

    The men took off with thousands of dollars, but an alert to police went out right away. Responding officers spotted the pair soon after.

    "The officers did a U-turn. At that point in time, the silver Pontiac sped off," Detective Deon Washington, of the Gwinnett County Police Department, said.

    Channel 2 Action News was at the scene last Friday moments after the two men ditched that Pontiac and ran away. They left more than the car behind.

    "Inside of the vehicle, we located a shotgun, a hand gun and an amount of cash," Washington said.

    Police said the car belongs to Jamar Terrell. They arrested him Saturday  -- the day after the robbery.

    The investigation led police to identify two more suspects, Marcus Rutledge, of Lawrenceville, and Thomas Birdsong, of Stone Mountain.

    Investigators are now trying to track them down.

    While only two men robbed the bank, an alert business owner gave police a key piece of information.

    "The car kept going back and forth and it's like, it's a little odd," said Chiquita Oden, who works at a nearby barber shop.

    "As a small business, it's important to watch your surroundings anyway," Oden said.

    Oden told police about the suspicious man and a silver Honda Accord. Police said it was likely the intended getaway car, but the plan fell apart.

    "We recovered all the bank's money and we also got two weapons off the street," Washington said.

    Police said, based on their tips, the two suspects are probably still in metro Atlanta.

    Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.


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