CUMMING — Six suspects are in custody and have been charged with robbery by force and other charges and one remains at large after stealing at least 30 firearms from a Cumming pawn store early Saturday morning.
Around 5:25 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, “seven male suspects entered the store by backing a truck into the front of" Forsyth County Pawn Inc. at 211 Atlanta Road, where multiple firearms were stolen, according to Cpl. Pete Sabella, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.
Once inside, the suspects encountered an employee and one round was fired.
No one was hit or hurt.
All suspects left the scene in a pickup truck, which officers spotted on Ga. 400 southbound near McFarland Parkway. A chase ensued after an attempted traffic stop.
During the chase, a wheel reportedly fell off the truck on Morris Road at Deerfield Parkway in the city of Alpharetta, and all seven suspects fled in different directions.
Two suspects were arrested “very quickly” after the crash, and the other four were arrested by Saturday afternoon.
Those arrested are: Jajuanis Armstrong, 19 of Stone Mountain; Jason Wheeler, 20 of Decatur; Jordan Brown, 19 of Decatur; Senuel Hawk, 23 of Decatur; Rashad Jackson, 17 of Decatur; and a 16-year-old male from Decatur.
All were charged with robbery, burglary and possession of a firearm during certain crimes, and all except Brown were charged with violation of the Georgia Gang Act. Armstrong was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to Georgia law, adult charges can be applied to anyone aged 17 or older.
The five being charged as adults were taken to the Forsyth County Jail and are being held without bond. The juvenile was taken to the Regional Youth Detention Center in Gainesville and is also being held without bond.
Police are still searching for the last suspect, whose identity is unknown. Altavious Jackson, who was named over the weekend, is no longer believed to be a suspect.
The suspects have also been charged with the burglary of Bulls Eye Marksman Gun Club in south Forsyth after “two firearms located in the getaway vehicle had serial numbers matching ones stolen from Bulls Eye Marksman Gun Club.”
Around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 1, 12-15 pistols and semi-automatic rifles were stolen from the business.
A blue 2002 Dodge Durango was found backed into the wall and window of the building, with a rifle laying on the ground in front of it “that looked to have been dropped,” according to the sheriff’s office.
“The combination of stolen firearms from Bulls Eye Marksman and Forsyth County Pawn along with similar methods used during both incidents allowed detectives to link the same suspects to both cases,” Sabella said.
Saturday’s search was part of a coordinated effort with the sheriff's office, Cumming Police Department, Alpharetta Department of Public Safety, Milton Police Department and the Georgia State Patrol's aviation program, which used a helicopter to help look for the suspects.
The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms will assist the investigation, which is active and ongoing.
Anyone with information on Saturday's robbery is encouraged to contact Detective Norton with the sheriff's office's criminal investigations section at (770) 781-3087.