Two suspects arrested, connected to Coweta carjacking

By JOHN A. WINTERS
john@newnan.com
Area law enforcement authorities have arrested two teenagers suspected in a rash of armed carjackings, including one in north Coweta County last weekend.
The arrests came after one of the suspects was involved in a car crash Wednesday and was then handcuffed and placed in a police car, according to various Atlanta news stations. The 15-year-old suspect somehow got into the driver's seat and drove off in the East Point police car. He then crashed that cruiser, fled the scene and was eventually discovered at his mother's house in Atlanta.
The teen barricaded himself in the house and authorities finally used tear gas to get him out after a three-hour standoff, according to Major Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff's Office. A second teen turned himself in to police later in the day.
The identities of the two are not being released because they are under the age of 17, Yarbrough said. However, authorities are going to superior court to argue they be tried as adults. The two currently are being held at a youth detention center in Paulding County.
Investigators are continuing to look for two other suspects related to the carjackings, including the one in Coweta County at the Chevron gas station on Georgia 154 near exit 51 at Interstate 85.
Last Friday around 9 p.m., a woman had just finished fueling up her 2009 Acura when four armed teenagers approached her, the major said. One put a gun to the victim's head and threatened to kill her. That gunman then fled in the woman's car while the other three left in what was believed to be another stolen vehicle.
The woman's car from the Coweta County carjacking was found in Fairburn on Monday.
The four suspects are facing a series of charges from several area jurisdictions.

More Local

Gray found guilty of rape

Guilty was the verdict reached in the sleepwalking rape trial of Benjamin Gray. After three hours after beginning their deliberation, the ju ... Read More


Sexsomnia or rape? Verdict in jury’s hands

Closing arguments in the sleepwalking rape trial of Benjamin Gray concluded Friday. Coweta County Assistant District Attorney Herb Cranford ... Read More


118 Newnan High students tested for TB

More than a hundred tuberculosis exposure tests were administered at Newnan High School on Friday, as earlier in the week a NHS student was ... Read More


Senoia man arrested after fleeing from officer

A Senoia area man was arrested Tuesday and taken to the Coweta County Jail after allegedly leading a Coweta County sheriff's deputy on a hig ... Read More


UPDATE

Wreck victim in fair condition

James Hand, who was injured in a motor vehicle crash Thursday morning, was listed in fair condition Friday at Atlanta Medical Center. Hand w ... Read More

Prescribed burn smokes out Lake Redwine

A large fire that brought days of smoke and acrid smells to the Lake Redwine area was a prescribed burn that was done in accordance with cur ... Read More