Police search for armed robbery suspects (Jan. 4, 2013)
Conyers Police have arrested one the five suspects believed to be involved in the armed robbery and car-jacking of two Rue 21 employees and is charging the 16-year-old suspect as an adult.
Isaac Trimble Jr., 16, of Decatur is charged with armed robbery, robbery, motor vehicle hijacking and two counts of aggravated assault for the Jan. 2 crime.
Conyers Police Department Lt. Jack Dunn said it was not unusual to charge a 16-year-old as an adult when involved in this severity of crime.
“This was a robbery car jacking with guns. It could easily have been a lot worse. This is exactly what the statute was made for that allows us to charge him as an adult,” said Dunn. “They were doing adult crimes and acting as adults.”
“We think he was one of the robbers,” said Dunn.
Trimble was already in custody with DeKalb County on unrelated charges when Conyers police took out the arrest warrant.
He was identified through investigations and working with DeKalb County Police detectives. “We've done extensive canvassing, interviewing and searching for evidence,” said Dunn.
Trimble is currently being held at a Youth Detention Center.
There are four outstanding suspects that victims described as close in age.
A released statement said that police are confident that additional arrests are forthcoming.
The robbery occurred in the Dogwood Drive parking lot outside the store around 11:15 p.m. on Jan. 2 as they were leaving work. The victims, a 24-year-old male and an 18-year-old female, reported a champagne-colored Jeep with five black male passengers idling at a stop sign near the Carmike Theater as they walked to their cars. The Jeep drove toward the male victim quickly and abruptly stopped before a man wearing a goblin mask held a gun to his head and demanded the victim sit on the curb. He then took the victims bag containing $400 cash, his cell phone and his car before driving off.
At the same time, the female victim reported that she was sitting in her car and texting on her cell phone when a man wearing a bandana over his face opened the door and demanded she exit her car. The suspect then took her purse and cell phone and drove off in her car.