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Grand jury indicts alleged gas station bandit

Incident in March triggered manhunt

POSTED: July 20, 2014 12:04 a.m.
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SOUTH FORSYTH — A man who eluded capture for more than a month after a March armed robbery was indicted on 11 counts by a Forsyth County Grand Jury.

The charges against Kinneth Battle include possession of an illegal weapon, two counts of theft by receiving, and possession of drugs and drug-related objects.

In addition, he was indicted last week on counts of two counts of criminal trespass and four counts of obstruction of an officer.

In May, Battle was arrested by Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies in connection with the armed robbery of a BP Station in Alpharetta on March 15.

Alerted by authorities the night of the crime, deputies were waiting for Battle when he returned to his Kentmore subdivision home.

But he somehow managed to escape on foot into nearby woods, triggering an unsuccessful 11-hour manhunt that covered a 5-square-mile area near Hwy. 9 and Bethelview Road.

Nearly seven weeks later, deputies surprised Battle at an apartment complex off Old Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell, where he had been living since escaping.

During the armed robbery in March of the convenience store at Hwy. 9 and Windward Parkway, Battle was reportedly with a second man, Fredrequis Cobb, who jumped the counter and snatched the cash register drawer.

There was also a third unidentified man involved.

Cobb left in a Jeep, which had been parked on the side of the building and is believed to have been driven by Battle, while the second unknown suspect fled on foot.

Cobb was arrested after trying to hide in the back of the Jeep. However, Battle, who authorities say was armed, ran off into a nearby wooded area.

The ensuing search involved the sheriff’s office and other law enforcement agencies, tracking dogs, SWAT teams and a helicopter.

Forsyth County Clerk of Court Greg Allen said a court date has not yet been scheduled for Battle’s case.

 

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