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Posted: August 4, 2010 9:40 a.m.

Man wanted for assault and armed robbery located in Newton County

Incident occurred at Cornelia Little Caesar's

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Joseph C. Crawford

A man wanted in connection with a robbery and shooting in Cornelia on July 22 was arrested in Newton County yesterday. 

According to a press release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Joseph C. Crawford was arrested after an alert gas station clerk recognized Crawford when he entered the business located at the corner of Oak Hill Road and Ga. Highway 81. The clerk hit the silent alarm notifying Newton County Sheriff's Office dispatch. 

Investigators were already in the area, having obtained information during the search that Crawford may be in Newton County. GBI agents, NCSO deputies and members of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force responded to the station.

When Crawford spotted police, he ran out the back door of the station where he was met by arresting officers covering the rear of the gas station. Crawford was taken to the Newton County Detention Center where he was interviewed by GBI agents and Cornelia Police.

He will be transported to the Habersham County Jail, where he faces aggravated assault and armed robbery charges. 

Involved in the search for Crawford were the GBI, NCSO, Cornelia Police Department, Loganville Police Department, Walton County Sheriff's Office, Habersham County Sheriff's Office, the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office.

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