SOUTH FORSYTH — Three suspects were arrested early Friday after they reportedly robbed a south Forsyth gas station, then crashed the getaway vehicle into a building while attempting to flee.
According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the suspects — Brandon Frazier, 37, of Stone Mountain and Marquise Prater, 26, Javan Dowls, 32, both of Rex — have each been charged with robbery and remain in custody at the Forsyth County Jail. Bond amounts, if any, were not immediately available.
The incident occurred about 2:55 a.m. at the RaceTrac gas station on McFarland Parkway.
“It literally took deputies less than a minute to get there,” said Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office. “As soon as we got there, they were trying to flee in the car. That’s when they wrecked.”
Rodriquez said he did not have the name or address of the building that the trio crashed into.
After the wreck, the suspects ran off, but were eventually caught with help from tracking dogs.
“When they got out and ran, we called our K-9 units and we had all three in custody within about three hours of when they got there,” Rodriguez said. “About 6 a.m. is when we took the last one into custody.”
Rodriguez said the crime is being treated as a strong-arm robbery, instead of an armed robbery, as no weapon appears to have been used.
“Strong-arm robbery, outside of a normal armed robbery, is that there was no display of any gun,” he said. “The suspects did not seem like they were armed, and no one saw a weapon. There was no display of a pistol, there was no display of any kind of a weapon.”
In a video released by the sheriff’s office, the suspects can be seen taking money and other items from behind the store’s counter.
“They entered into the RaceTrac, went behind the cash register and started taking money, and taking what looked like cigarettes,” Rodriguez said “At that point, after they got what they believed they needed, they got out.”