Published Thursday, March 14, 2013
By JOHN A. WINTERS
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.