By Patrick Yost
Two days after he allegedly robbed a Rutledge convenience store at gun point, suspect J.T. Armani Warren, 20, Rutledge turned himself in to authorities and now faces armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
According to Capt. Chris Bish, Investigation Division, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Warren turned himself into Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office authorities on Wednesday, April 26. He allegedly robbed the Rutledge Crossing convenience store on Monday, April 24 at approximately 6:30 a.m.
Bish said Warren has a relative in law enforcement in Rockdale County and contacted the relative regarding turning himself in to police.
Bish said moments after the robbery members of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol and Newton County Sheriff’s Office descended on Rutledge. More than 20 officers established a search area. An off–duty officer arrived and recognized Warren’s image from a video surveillance camera. Deputies went to area’s known to Warren searching for the suspect and was told he had fled to Conyers.
A loaded pistol allegedly used by Warren was found by children in bushes near Rutledge City Hall. The pistol was not touched, however, and was recovered by law enforcement. Authorities also have confiscated two shirts and pants they believe Warren was wearing during the robbery.
Bish also said that when Warren walked into the store at least nine other customers were in the store during the daylight robbery. He also said Warren cocked the pistol and then slammed it down on the counter to force the clerk to give him money. “He is fortunate that the gun did not discharge after he struck the hard counter. It was pointed at the clerk at the time. He’s lucky he didn’t kill him.”
Bish said the robbery remains under investigation, in part, to determine if Warren had accomplices in the robbery.