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Suspects in heist picked up in Newton

COVINGTON - Two men who allegedly robbed a Morgan County convenience store were apprehended by Newton County and Covington authorities Saturday afternoon following a high-speed chase on Interstate 20.

According to Investigator Capt. Kenny Stewart of the Morgan County Sheriff's Office, the suspects, identified as Quadarrius Martin, 18, of Chamblee, and Antwion Strickland, 19, of Decatur, reportedly robbed the Golden Pond convenience store on Newborn Road near I-20 at gunpoint about 1 p.m.

Stewart said Strickland allegedly pulled the gun on the store clerk while Martin grabbed about $200 in cash out of the register and took 30 lottery tickets.

The duo then reportedly fled the store driving a red car with a drive-out tag, heading west on I-20.

Morgan County investigators subsequently put out a lookout on the vehicle.

According to a Newton County Sheriff's Office incident report completed by Sgt. Randy Downs, someone later called dispatch and said that someone driving a small red vehicle was driving at a high rate of speed and running people off the road.

Officers with the Covington Police Department caught up with the vehicle near the U.S. Highway 278 exit and gave chase along with NCSO deputies.

According to authorities, the driver of the vehicle, Martin, spun the car out on the Almon Road exit and was immediately taken into custody.

Following a foot chase, Strickland was tasered and apprehended by Downs.

The cash, along with the lottery tickets, was recovered from the backseat of the suspects' vehicle.

Martin has been charged with armed robbery by the MCSO and with reckless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer and obstruction by the CPD. Strickland has been charged with armed robbery in Morgan County and with obstruction by the NCSO.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.