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Armed car jacker arrested
Stolen vehicle runs into house
Kasim Gandy

Rockdale County Sheriff's Office investigators are on the lookout for one of two suspects who held up a family at gunpoint and stole their car, which crashed through a house. The other suspect was caught minutes after the robbery, thanks to the quick work of deputies.

On July 15 a man and his girlfriend along with a 4-year-old child were approached around 7:15 p.m. in the parking lot of a church on Whites Chapel Road and robbed at gunpoint. The family was unharmed but the two suspects fled with their belongings, including their wallet, cellphone and their 2001 Nissan Altima.

A lookout was immediately given to all surrounding agencies for the stolen vehicle and on Highway 138, near Cherry Hill Road. RCSO Investigator Scott Stewart spotted the vehicle as it turned onto Ebenezer Road. As he gave chase to the vehicle, he noticed the passenger threw out a weapon from the vehicle. He continued to chase the vehicle until they approached Rogers Drive and Morris Drive, where time the passenger jumped out of the vehicle and ran toward a wooded area. The driver jumped out of the vehicle and tried to grab his weapon and flee the scene but was caught by Stewart and taken into custody.

Kasim Gandy, 25, of 1730 Hidden Acres Drive, Conyers, was arrested and charged with two counts of armed robbery, three counts of aggravated assault, one count of carjacking, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, freeing and attempting to elude, criminal damage to property first degree, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, reckless driving.

The vehicle, which was left in a drive position when and rolled through a residence. No one was home at the time and there were no reported injuries. The homeowner was on vacation and has been notified.