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Posted: 10:13 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, 2012
By Tony Thomas
CHAMBLEE, Ga. —
Chamblee Police are hoping surveillance video from a Saturday armed robbery will lead to the identity and capture of the most violent of three gunmen. Two others are already behind bars. The video shows three men walking into the Wireless World Cellphone store on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road on Saturday night, supposedly to show the owner a TV for trade-in. But as soon as the owner bends down to look at the television, a suspect in a checkered shirt pushes him to the ground at gunpoint. At one point, another suspects stands on the victim's back as the gunman hogties him. The suspects then scour the store for cash. Court paperwork shows detectives telling a judge the men stole $15,000. The men unknowingly struck a silent alarm and police arrived just as they were trying to escape. Two of the men hid in the store's ceiling, trying to avoid capture but later surrendered to the North Metro SWAT team. The third man, in the checkered shirt, fled out a side door and jumped over a fence. He remains at large and police are trying to identify him. "We've got a street name of day-day," Chamblee police Capt. Michael Beller said. "They are very calm, very methodical. I would be surprised if this was their first time doing something like this." Channel 2 Action News had the only camera there as suspects Rico Cook and Randy Felton made their first court appearances Monday afternoon. Inside, before court started, Cook tried to explain to Channel 2's photographer why he and Felton hid in the ceiling. "I heard gun shots. I didn't know what was going to happen," he said. Cook and Felton also tried to get detectives to arrest the store owner and minimize their own alleged crimes. "They sell hot merchandise, everything in there is hot TV's, phones, computers," Cook said. "And saws," Felton added. Cook then asked detectives standing nearby, "Did you lock them up?" Police didn't' respond and a few minutes later took both of the men off to the DeKalb County Jail, hoping the third suspect will soon be found. Cook and Felton face four charges each, including assault, armed robbery and kidnapping.
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