Suspected robbers extradited to Columbia County

by Wes Mayer

The two suspected armed robbers arrested in Newnan last week were extradited to Columbia County on Monday to face numerous charges.

On Monday, authorities from Columbia County came to Coweta to interview the two suspects, Kevin Mitchell Abrams, 27, and Edward Earl Abrams, 38, and search their vehicle, which was a rental and was impounded after their arrest, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. Both men were wanted for the armed robbery of a restaurant in Columbia County, and authorities in North Carolina verified they are also suspects of a bank robbery in their state.

According to Yarbrough, during the investigation, Columbia County investigators found masks, gloves and firearms used in the restaurant’s robbery inside the rental vehicle along with an amount of suspected stolen money. After this, the two men were extradited to Columbia County on multiple charges, including armed robbery, kidnapping, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The two men were arrested by authorities with the Coweta sheriff’s office and Newnan Police Department around 5:15 p.m. April 18. According to Lt. Mark Cooper with the city police department, authorities received information from the LaGrange Police Department that the suspects were traveling in Coweta County and authorities were able to pinpoint their location in Newnan.

The suspects’ vehicle was first seen in the area around the Target store in Newnan Crossing West shopping center off Bullsboro Drive and Newnan Crossing Bypass, Cooper said. Authorities then followed the vehicle and performed a traffic stop near the intersection of Newnan Lakes Boulevard and Lower Fayetteville Road.

The two men were taken into custody without incident, charged with being fugitives from justice and were transported to the Coweta County Jail.

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