Man armed with gun with laser sights terrorizing 2 metro counties

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. — A grandmother told Channel 2 Action News she thought she was going to die when a masked man pointed a gun with a laser straight at her head.

Police said he robbed her and people at other apartment complexes too.

Authorities said the guy's crime spree began a few weeks ago at the Mainstreet at Conyers apartments.

The woman robbed there told Channel 2's Christian Jennings she was right beside her car and had just gotten out when a guy came out of nowhere wearing all black holding a gun.

“All I can remember like with the gun is he put the red dot like right here on my forehead,” the woman said.

This woman said she's been living in fear ever since the morning she was robbed at gunpoint on Aug. 11.​​​​​​

“I’ve never been through anything like this and I am terrified. I am terrified,” the woman said.


She pulled in the parking lot just before 5 a.m. She was there to babysit her grandson.

“As I closed the door a guy was standing there with a gun and he said give me your money,” the woman said. “I said, ‘I don’t have anything. I don’t have anything.’ I opened up my wallet I showed him I don’t have any money,” the woman said.

Conyers police said that was just the beginning of the suspect's robbery spree.

“All three times he's been armed with a handgun with a laser sight on it,” said Conyers Police Capt. Jackie Dunn.

Investigators said they have video of their guy pulling on car door handles before one of his attacks.

They believe the same man that robbed a grandmother in Conyers also robbed a couple in Newton County Aug. 26 at Salem Terrace apartments, then robbed and shot at a group of people in Rockdale County Sept. 2 at Woodland Trace apartments.

The couple, Chris Arrington and his girlfriend, were scared for their life.

“Had a tried him, I might be dead over 70 dollars. My life is worth more than that,” Arrington said.

Arrington says they had just gotten home from a night out.

“We were sitting in the car talking, actually discussing how peaceful it was around there,” Arrington said. “We realized her door gets snatched open, I jumped out, I'm like, ‘What the heck is going on?’ I go to the end of the car, as soon as I get to the end of my car there's a gun in my face with a laser on it. The guy says, ‘you know what time it is.’”

Arrington emptied his pockets, eventually the robber told the couple to drive away.

“We’re hoping that someone has seen someone show them a gun with a red laser site and that they recognize the build of this person walking around with the backpack and that they’ll contact Crimestoppers,” Dunn said.

If you have information that can help police with this case, call Crimestoppers at 404-577-TIPS.