A second suspect from the recent gas station robbery spree across metro Atlanta is also behind bars after being arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force last week.
On Sunday, June 16, 2013 at approximately 10:25 p.m., a short and slender black male suspect entered the BP gas station located at 2992 Highway 155 in south Rockdale County and robbed the store clerk at gunpoint. Since that robbery, the same suspect had been linked to at least 11 other gas station robberies across metro Atlanta. After following several leads and working with other metro Atlanta agencies affected by the rash of robberies, warrants were taken for Lewis Bernard Flagg and he was arrested on Wednesday, July 10, by the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force at a residence in Decatur.
A day after Flagg's arrest, a second suspect was also arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force in connection with the rash of robberies.
Roderick Hamilton Thornton, 41 of Lawrenceville, was arrested on Thursday night, July 11, at a residence in Atlanta. Thornton has also been charged with Armed Robbery and is suspected of being the getaway driver in most, if not all, of the recent robberies involving Flagg.
Flagg is still being held in the Rockdale County Jail without bond and is also facing Armed Robbery charges in at least six other jurisdictions throughout metro Atlanta.
Thornton is currently in the Gwinnett County Detention Center and also faces charges in other jurisdictions.
A federal indictment for the armed robberies is also a possibility being explored for both Flagg and Thornton. That decision is expected to be made in the near future.