Escaped suspect 'clocked' by witness

by WES MAYER

Two homeowners helped a Coweta County Sheriff’s Office investigator apprehend a fleeing burglary suspect.

Investigator Jae Robertson said he was interviewing a witness 6:30 p.m. Monday about a burglary when the suspect drove right past them.

The suspect, Steven C. Trotter, and his vehicle were identified by the witness, who lives on Tope Road.

Trotter was driving the same beat-up vehicle he was suspected of using in two other burglaries, Robertson said, adding that Trotter saw him and drove off.

Robertson said he called for deputies in the area and followed Trotter on Poplar Road, then chased him down Mary Freeman Road and Lower Fayetteville until Trotter pulled off in a turn lane on Shenandoah Boulevard. Trotter then drove off as Robertson approached.

Trotter drove into a neighborhood at Valley Brook Drive, with Robertson in pursuit. The investigator said he caught up with Trotter as he jumped out of his vehicle at 175 Valley Brook Drive.  

Robertson chased Trotter on foot into the backyard of the house, where he was able to handcuff Trotter after the homeowner there helped take the suspect to the ground. 

However, Trotter managed to break free of Robertson and sprint, with his hands handcuffed behind his back, to 200 Valley Brook Drive. There, another homeowner, alerted by the commotion, “just clocked him,” according to Robertson, and Robertson was finally able to arrest and hold Trotter. 

“The funniest part about the chase was that the whole time Trotter just kept yelling, ‘I’m sorry, Jae,’ while he ran away,” Robertson said.

Trotter faces numerous charges along with being suspected of multiple burglaries.

Trotter suffered a broken rib from the exchange and did not realize it until later Tuesday because he was high on crack cocaine and prescription pills during the arrest, according to Robertson.




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