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Authorities foil suspects' getaway
Four held in Waffle House armed robberies

Four suspects got a double order of charges this week after they were caught within two minutes of reportedly robbing a Waffle House in south Forsyth.

Tamika White, 31, Shakiva Da’un Rivers, 27, and Wendell Earl Chappell, Jr., 19, all of Decatur, and 17-year-old Shikeem Williams, of Sandy Springs, were charged by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office with two counts each of armed robbery.

Their bonds have not been set, Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Huggins said.

According to a sheriff's report, the charges stem from incidents that occurred late Tuesday night at Waffle House on Bethelview Road and Sept. 16 at Waffle House on McFarland Parkway.

The report said the suspects may also be responsible for similar robberies at Waffle Houses in Rockdale and DeKalb counties.

The suspects' getaway was apparently cut short about 12:10 a.m. Wednesday when a sheriff’s deputy spotted them in Hwy. 141 turning lane for Ga. 400 north, according to the report.

Sheriff’s Lt. Col. Gene Moss explained that a witness had just called 911 after the suspects left the restaurant on Bethelview.

“They admitted to being involved in this armed robbery and the armed robbery on the morning of the 16th on McFarland Parkway,” Moss said.

Authorities are looking for a fifth suspect in connection with the Sept. 16 armed robbery. He has been identified as 17-year-old Marcelous DeShaun White of Decatur.

No injuries were reported in either incident, though a firearm was used in both, the report said.

Sheriff’s Major Dan Jagoe said Chappell and Williams entered the Bethelview restaurant about midnight. Two employees were inside and there were no customers.

Jagoe said the suspects forced a cook to lay down on the ground and ordered a waitress to the cash register. The men’s faces were covered with clothing, Jagoe said.

The suspects left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash and got into a white 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis parked at a nearby fast food eatery.

It was the second robbery at the Bethelview Waffle House in less than a month.

The suspects thought to have committed the Aug. 25 heist are in custody in connection for the Sept. 5 armed robbery and fatal shooting at the Ingles on Canton Road.

Moss commended the county’s 911 Center for quickly notifying authorities, adding that a plan had been in place to catch the suspects since the Sept. 16 incident.

“We had reassigned some of our resources in anticipation that there could possibly be another robbery by these individuals,” Moss said. “We were in the process of getting our deputies in place when the car was spotted by the deputy.”

Moss explained that the plan included having deputies at all exits along Ga. 400 in the county.

The deputy that spotted them, Ben Smith, was last year’s south precinct deputy of the year.