UPDATE: The would-be robber shot and killed on Saturday had rotated in and out of Rockdale County jail for nearly a decade on charges ranging from simple battery to posession and selling of drugs.
Yuhanna Williams, 30, of Covington was booked into the jail at least eight times since August 2001 when he was 21-years-old. Some of the charges he faced were disorderly conduct, simple battery, probation violation, public indecency, DUI, and possession of marijuana and posession with the intent to distribute at a school.
(Dec. 13, 2010, 11:56 a.m.) Investigators have released the name of the man shot and killed after attempting to rob a shopper in the parking lot outside of Ingles on Salem Road on Saturday.
The deceased suspect is Yuhanna Williams, 30, of Covington. He and another man, who is still at large, reportedly attempted to rob a 23-year-old shopper at knifepoint shortly before 8 p.m.
According to the RCSO incident report, a deputy reporting for a security job at Ingles had just pulled into the parking lot after the incident and saw a man, Williams, laying on the ground with blood around his head and called dispatchers.
"Williams had very labored breathing," wrote the deputy. "I rolled him to his side and he had a knife in his hand. When I rolled him the knife was pushed away from his body."
The shopper was standing to the side on his cell phone with a gun in his holster. He said to the deputy, "This guy tried to rob me and I shot him." He reportedly cooperated as the deputy took his weapon and placed the shopper into custody.
Emergency medical personnel then arrived and saw a large wound in the suspect's head. "The coroner was immediately contacted because there were no signs of life," wrote the deputy. The Deputy Coroner arrived around 8:30 p.m. and declared Williams dead.
No charges have been filed against the shopper.
(Dec. 11, 2010, 11:46 p.m.): According to a friend of the robbery victim who came to pick up the victim's car after investigators were finished with the crime scene analysis, the victim had come to the Ingles grocery store to get some orange juice after finishing his last final exam for the semester.
The victim, a 23-year-old student at Georgia Tech who had just completed his associate's degree, had a firearms license and had a gun with him, said the friend.
Two men reportedly approached the victim around 8 p.m. in what appeared to be an attempted car-jacking. There was a struggle, and the victim received cuts on his chin and arms and one of the robbers was shot in the struggle, reportedly in the head.
The keys to the car were found about ten parking spaces down. The friend speculated they might have been dropped as the other robber fled.
(Dec. 11, 2010, 10:16 p.m.) The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal shooting in the parking lot of a shopping center at 2455 Salem Road, near the Ingles grocery store.
According to the released statement from the RCSO, reports indicate a shopper was getting out of his car at approximately 8:15 when he was attacked and held at knifepoint by two men. He struggled with them and was able to fire a weapon, fatally shooting one of the men.
The second suspect ran and is still at large. The second suspect is described as a black male approximately 6'4" with a slim build. He was wearing a white hoodie.
The robbery victim was transported to Rockdale Medical Center with injuries received in the struggle. The injuries are not believed to be life threatening. No identities are immediately available.
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