Suspected armed robbers caught in Newnan

by Wes Mayer

Two people suspected of armed robbery in Columbia County, Georgia, were arrested by authorities with the Newnan Police Department and Coweta County Sheriff’s Office on Friday.

Coweta County law enforcement received information from the LaGrange Police Department about two men believed to be traveling through Coweta County who were wanted for armed robbery in Columbia County, said Lt. Mark Cooper with the Newnan Police Department.

Around 5:15 p.m., officers first located the suspect vehicle in the area of the Target shopping center in Newnan, Cooper said. Officers were then able to stop the suspects, Kevin Mitchell Abrams and Edward Earl Abrams, near the intersection of Newnan Lakes Boulevard and Lower Fayetteville Road, and they were taken into custody without incident.

After the suspects’ arrest, authorities located some items of evidence from the robbery in Columbia County, Cooper said. According to Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, these items were firearms believed to have been stolen.

Authorities have also discovered the two are suspects in a bank robbery in North Carolina as well.

Both suspects were charged with being fugitives from justice and were transported to the Coweta County Jail, from where they will soon be extradited, Cooper said. Yarbrough said authorities in Columbia County may pick up the two suspects on Monday, and they are facing charges of armed robbery, kidnapping, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

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