SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — The owner of a local jewelry store is being hailed as a hero after he fought back against a group of brazen armed robbers.
Channel 2′s Michael Seiden was in Sandy Springs, where the robbery happened Saturday afternoon at the corner of Abernathy and Roswell roads.
Seiden obtained exclusive video of the moment the owner attacked the robbers with a pickle jar, among other things.
The video shows the smash-and-grab robbers storming the store and holding up frightened customers and employees at gunpoint.
"They had hammers and were breaking everything and grabbed Rolexes," one witness said.
The thieves didn’t get very far.
The owner, who asked Seiden not to identify him or his business, was returning from lunch when he saw the robbery in progress.
The owner went on the attack, hitting them over the head and in the face with a bag full of glass pickle jars.
“He hit them with three bottles of pickles and I pretty much grabbed him and subdued him until the cops came," another witness said.
The owner held one of the robbers down until police arrived. The three remaining robbers sped away from police and ended up crashing on Glenridge Road.
At one point, Seiden saw officers in a wooded area with their guns drawn.
Three of the four suspects are now in custody, police said Saturday night.
They were identified as:
- Antonio Collier, 40, from Atlanta
- Antwan Dekarlos Robinson, 17, from Atlanta
- A 16-year-old juvenile from East Point
All three have been charged with armed robbery, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, felony criminal damage to property, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, battery (2 counts) and obstruction.
Police are still searching for a fourth suspect.
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