Armed robbery suspects arrested after months-long investigation
Oshay Howard

Following a joint investigation between Forsyth and Gwinnett county law enforcement agencies, officials recently linked six separate armed robberies in both jurisdictions with two suspects.

The team effort between Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office culminated in the arrests of Dametrius Sims of Snellville and Oshay Howard of Norcross as part of an investigation between and August and October 2017.

Arrest warrants were then obtained for both men in Forsyth County. Sims is currently being held at the Gwinnett County Adult Detention Center, and Howard is being held at the Forsyth County Jail.

One of the most recent armed robberies believed to be linked with Sims and Howard occurred Sept. 16, 2017, when employees of Mangia Restorante and Pizzeria were confronted by two men wearing all black. 

One of the suspects allegedly held a pistol to a victim’s head, according to an incident report from Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

“The [suspects] took both the victims’ cell phones and the cash they had in their pockets,” the report stated. The suspects also took cash from the cash register, keys to the store and cash from the victims themselves.

Cpl. Doug Rainwater, a spokesman with Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, said Gwinnett County law enforcement officials had been having similar robberies in the area, which led to the decision to start working in tandem months ago.

“[Law enforcement] has been working this case for a while, and it was recently they put these two together and connected them with these robberies,” Rainwater said.