Newton armed robbery suspects arrested in Conyers

Photo by Katie Sullivan

Photo by Katie Sullivan

CONYERS -- Police captured two suspects in a Newton County armed bank robbery Thursday afternoon at the Iris Glen Apartments complex in Conyers following a high speed chase.

One of the suspects was struck by a vehicle during the chase and was transported by helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta for treatment. A previous report of a pedestrian being struck was not accurate, according to city of Conyers spokesperson Jennifer Edwards.

Units of the Conyers Police Department, Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia State Patrol were called to the area, leading up to the arrest. Law enforcement set up a search perimeter along Old Salem Road, directly behind the apartment complex. The entrance to the apartments is located between the Ga. Highway 138 and Salem Road exits of Interstate 20 and off of Iris Drive, an access road that runs along the interstate.

The suspects were apprehended at around 1:30 p.m., according to Conyers Police. The suspects' names were not immediately available.

According to National EMS, a 41-year-old black male suffering chest trauma was transported by helicopter from the apartment complex and to Grady.

The Newton County Sheriff's Office reported the armed robbery occurred at the Bank of North Georgia branch, located at 3207 Salem Road.

Two armed men robbed the bank at 1 p.m. and fled the scene in a vehicle that was shortly spotted by Conyers Police officers. They gave chase and the chase ended in the Iris Glen apartments, according to NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell.

News Editor Barbara Knowles contributed to this article.