Suspect in pizza restaurant robbery apprehended
by Wes Mayer
A man suspected of attempting to rob a Newnan pizza restaurant at gunpoint Sunday was arrested shortly after he fled the scene.
At 10:12 p.m., officers with the Newnan Police Department were dispatched to Little Caesars Pizza at 48 Bullsboro Drive in the Merchants Crossing shopping center in reference to an armed robbery. Officers Aaron Trusty and Sgt. Marcos Gonzalez were the first to respond, but, by the time they arrived, the suspect had already fled the area. Gonzalez then left to search for the suspect.
Trusty was able to speak to numerous witnesses at Little Caesars, including the manager, who was standing at the cash register when the suspect entered the store. According to Trusty, the manager described the suspect as a black male wearing a black hooded jacket with a red and black mask covering his face. The male told her to open the drawer, and at first, she thought he was joking, but then the suspect repeated himself and pulled out a pistol.
The manager told Trusty she acted like she couldn’t open the drawer, and the suspect cocked the pistol. She then called for an employee in the back to help open the drawer, and when he came to the register, the manager stepped back and was able to access the alarm. After this, the suspect fled.
Another witness told Trusty the suspect was waving the gun around the store, said the gun was loaded, and he was ready to use it. A third witness was able to tell Trusty the suspect ran behind Kroger, and the suspect was also wearing dark sweatpants.
Shortly after, Officer Aaron Howard was searching the area, and he spotted a suspect on Jefferson Street near Greison Trail. Howard told the suspect to stop, but the suspect ran, and Howard chased him down on foot. The suspect, Dakarai Kanye Harmon, 18, was taken into custody about 100 yards away near Sprayberry Road.
Sgt. Chad Wood arrived on scene and the investigation was turned over to him. After meeting with witnesses, Harmon was charged with armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and obstruction, and he was transported to the Coweta County Jail.