One man is behind bars and the search continues for two others who authorities say robbed the Taco Bell on U.S. Highway 278 Saturday night.
According to Covington Police Lt. Wendell Wagstaff, calls came into 911 from witnesses who noticed the occupants of the popular fast-food restaurant holding their hands up when they went past. Those same witnesses reportedly followed a red car with three men inside of it onto Interstate 20, instructing dispatch on the direction of travel by the suspects.
Officers from the CPD that initially responded to the incident went past the vehicle at first, according to Wagstaff but were eventually able to stop the car by using a rolling roadblock. When one of the officers exited his patrol car, the driver of the suspect vehicle reportedly attempted to run the officer over with his car, causing the officer to fire at the vehicle. The driver did not stop, however, but instead continued west on the interstate and into Rockdale County, according to Wagstaff.
Once the suspects entered Rockdale, the CPD and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office — who had also been chasing the vehicle in Newton County – began assisting Rockdale County deputies and Conyers Police officers in the chase onto Ga. Highway 138 where the chase suddenly ended.
The suspects reportedly lost control of the car and quickly exited the vehicle. On their way out, one man allegedly pointed a weapon at Rockdale and Newton County deputies, and the NCSO deputies fired at the suspect. The three men fled into a densely wooded area where authorities lost sight of them.
A perimeter was set up in the area and a helicopter on loan from DeKalb County, as well as tracking Blood Hounds, were brought in to assist. One man, identified as Michael Curtis Jackson, was apprehended as day broke, and the money stolen from Taco Bell was reportedly found in the woods.
Two suspects remain at large and the investigation into the robbery continues. The CPD and NCSO are actively working on the case, as is the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia State Patrol and Rockdale Sheriff’s Office.