CONYERS -- An alert passerby and quick response by the Conyers Police Department resulted in the arrest of two males suspected of robbing a Kroger shopper.
According to the CPD, Demetric R. Favors, 19, of 245 Lakeview Trail, Covington, and a 15-year-old male were arrested in connection with the robbery at about 7:55 p.m. Wednesday following a traffic stop on Parker Road. The 15-year-old was not identified due to his status as a juvenile.
According to the incident report, the 15-year-old suspect allegedly snatched a purse from the hand of a 44-year-old woman who had walked from Kroger to her car in the parking lot off Ga. Highway 138. The suspect then got into a white Cutlass driven by Favors and the two fled west on Flat Shoals Road toward Parker Road, according to the CPD.
An unidentified Good Samaritan followed the suspect and called police to report the robbery, according to the CPD.
Conyers officers, with assistance from Rockdale Sheriff's Office deputies, pulled over the suspects' vehicle on Parker Road at the tennis complex less than eight minutes after the incident.
"We are most appreciative of the vigilance shown and bravery demonstrated by citizens that take action when other citizens are threatened," said Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson. "This situation was resolved quickly thanks to the heroic actions of our citizens coupled with the quick response from our officers."
The purse stolen from the Kroger customer contained about $30 in cash. A search of the suspects' vehicle turned up several debit cards, an IHOP card, a driver's license and $20 in cash.
When the suspects were apprehended and placed in patrol vehicles, the juvenile suspect reportedly knocked on the car window to get an officer's attention. "Make sure you tell her I apologize to her," the suspect said.
Favors was taken to the Rockdale County Jail; the juvenile suspect was taken to a juvenile detention facility.