CONYERS - A suspect deemed to be armed and dangerous has been identified in two pharmacy armed robberies, according to the Conyers Police Department.
Maj. Scott Freeman said that Ohio native Chad Derrick Slaughter, 30, is wanted in connection with the armed robberies of the Rite-Aid Pharmacy at Ga. 20 and Sigman Road on Sept. 4 and the CVS Pharmacy just across the street on Sept. 26. In both robberies, the gunman ordered employees to give him the powerful prescription drugs OxyContin and Percocet - but no money.
Freeman said detectives with the Police Department viewed the CVS Pharmacy store surveillance video and recognized that the same suspect was involved in the Rite-Aid robbery. Freeman said Slaughter had already been identified as a suspect in the Rite-Aid robbery because his nephew was arrested in connection with an identical armed robbery in Newton County in June.
"(His nephew) was arrested by Newton County Sheriff's Office on June 24, and this is how we were able to link Slaughter into our robberies was through that arrest in Newton," Freeman said.
Freeman said apprehension of Slaughter is a priority for the Police Department.
"Our detectives have been working around the clock to try to locate him," Freeman said. "He is not from the Conyers area; he is originally from Ohio, where he has arrest warrants for similar robberies up there."
Freeman said the Police Department has called on the U.S. Marshal's Office for assistance.
"Because we do believe he is armed and dangerous, we are doing everything we can to get him off the streets," Freeman said.
Officials have already executed a search warrant at a house in Newton County where they believe Slaughter may have been staying or had a connection, although he has no known address.
"We did a search warrant there and recovered a number of items of evidence from that house," Freeman said, including some of the drugs from the CVS robbery.
Anyone who sees Slaughter or who has information in the case is asked to call the Conyers Police Department at 770-483-6600. Anonymous tips can be left at 770-483-TIPS (8477) or online by clicking on "Eye on Conyers" on the city's Web site, www.conyersga.com.
"He apparently knows that we are looking for him and that he is actively wanted," Freeman said, "and we believe that he has fled the area to avoid apprehension."
According to Conyers Police Chief David Cathcart, a possible getaway car used in the CVS robbery was described as a silver Pontiac Grand Am-type of car.
In the Rite-Aid robbery, the suspect brandished a small silver handgun; in the CVS robbery, the suspect handed the pharmacy assistant a note that stated, "I've got a gun. Give me all the OxyContin and Percocet now," according to Cathcart.
No one was injured in either robbery.
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