The suspects were being questioned Saturday night by personnel with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Their names were not released.
Two suspects walked into the SunTrust branch on Highway 61 near Villa Rica Saturday just before the bank closed at noon and produced a handgun, said Capt. Jeff Richards of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. A third suspect, Richards said, waited in a getaway car outside the bank.
As the two suspects left the bank after the robbery to meet their car, an eyewitness alerted officials, Richards said. Two deputies in the area, Steve Young and Justin Moore, began giving chase, joined by several other officers, including Villa Rica police.
The suspects were pursued into Douglas County, exiting Interstate 20 onto Post Road where they bailed out of their car after crashing it. Two suspects were caught immediately by Carroll County officers, Richards said, and the third was caught in the woods by a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office canine unit after a perimeter had been set up.
“Officers from Carroll County and Villa Rica were able to get on the vehicle quickly and we joined the chase on I-20,” said Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller. “At I-20 and Post Road the vehicle crashed and two of the subjects were taken into custody pretty quickly. One of the subjects fled into the woods nearby.”
Miller said that Dep. Clint Adams was in the area with his dog Charon and the two were able to locate the third suspect relatively quickly.
“Many times subjects feel that if they get on the interstate they have a chance, but all the agencies in this area along with the Georgia State Patrol work very well together,” Miller said. “We help each other out and the quick response on there end and the cooperation is what worked today.”
There were no injuries reported inside the bank, Richards said.
The suspects were returned to Carroll County. Richards said the FBI was coordinating efforts with the sheriff’s office to try and determine whether the suspects have been involved in any other robberies.