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Two former employees arrested in series of Waffle House robberies

CONYERS - Two former Waffle House employees have been arrested in Henry County and are accused of committing a series of armed robberies at area Waffle Houses, including one in April on Salem Road.

Detective Chris Morris with the city of McDonough said Dorian Evans, 19, of Stockbridge, and Christopher Wilson, also 19, of Lithonia, are believed to have committed at least seven armed robberies of Waffle Houses, including three in Clayton County, one in Fulton County, two in Henry County and, most recently, one in McDonough.

Investigators in Rockdale County have also charged the two men with the April 22 armed robbery of a Waffle House on Salem Road.

In that instance, a black man wearing a plastic bag tied over his face with eye holes cut out robbed the restaurant at gunpoint at 1:24 a.m. After demanding money from the clerk, the suspect left the store in a white four-door passenger vehicle driven by another black man who parked at the rear of the restaurant.

About 3:15 a.m. Saturday, Morris said Evans and Wilson parked behind the Waffle House at 1305 Ga. Highway 20 in McDonough and entered the store through the kitchen.

"Evans went in with a handgun and had something covering his face, like a hood with eyes cut out of it," Morris said. "The handgun was a fake. It was a BB-style pistol."

Wilson stood by the swinging door between the kitchen and the main dining area while Evans opened the cash register, took the whole tray and the two left, Morris said.

The detective said Evans knew how to open the register because he and Wilson were former employees of the Waffle House on Ga. Highway 138 in Stockbridge.

"The thing that was similar in just about all the robberies is they always say something like, 'We don't want to hurt anyone, be cool. You can keep your tips, we just want the cash drawer,'" Morris said.

Evans and Wilson were arrested after a customer in the Waffle House called 911 to report the Waffle House had been robbed and that he was following the fleeing suspects.

"The citizen said he saw the vehicle leave after the robbery from behind the Waffle House," Morris said. "He followed the vehicle, trying to avoid being noticed and stayed in touch with 911."

Morris said the witness was able to provide a description of the vehicle - a 2003 four-door Buick Regal - and the Henry County police caught up with the two.

Evans and Wilson were arrested and are being held in the Henry County Jail with no bond.

Sgt. Jodi Shupe with the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office said authorities here have placed a hold on Evans and Wilson.

Aimee Jones can be reached at aimee.jones@ rockdalecitizen.com.