• Teen arrested, 2 on the run after armed robbery, chase on Ga. 400

    By: Steve Gehlbach

    Updated:

    FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. - A teen is behind bars and sheriff's deputies are searching for two armed robbers after a brazen robbery in Forsyth County along Ga. 400.

    It was a sleepless night for many in Townhome Community near Peachtree Parkway.

    "It's scary, yeah, it's scary," said Angie Briendl. "Helicopters were going pretty strong around 11 o'clock last night."

    Deputies say two likely armed suspects slipped by deputies as they searched on the ground and from the air. K-9 units helped catch one of the robbers, who was identified as a 17-year-old male. 


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    The Forsyth County sheriff's office ended up in a nearly 15-mile high-speed chase in the southbound lanes of Georgia 400. Deputies told Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach that they used spike strips to shred the tires of the new Ford Fusion car with the three young men inside.

    At that point, the robbers got out of the car and ran into nearby woods, department officials said.

    An owner of some property in the area said he helped the deputies in the search, spotting the suspects running across the field.

    Officials say the three men held up a gas station on the 4000 block of Jot Em Down Road before the chase.

    More than a dozen surveillance cameras inside the store captured good security video of all three men, who first came together, then two came back and demanded money at gunpoint. 

    They took off, but a deputy soon spotted their car and gave chase.

    Briendl passed the line of deputies on her way home.

    "Probably 10 different cop cars, one on the overpass then maybe one on my side," Briendl said.

    The sheriff's office did recover two guns in the car that were used in the robbery, but neighbors were not taking any chances.

    "Locked the doors, flipped the lights on, nobody's coming in my house tonight," Briendl said. 

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