CONYERS -- The Conyers Police Department has arrested two suspects in connection with an incident that took place in the parking lot of Chili's restaurant on Dogwood Drive in October.
Sammy Davis White Jr., 23, of 1700 Old Rock Cut Road, Conley, was booked into the Rockdale County Jail on Feb. 22 on charges of aggravated assault, criminal damage to property, entering an auto with intent to commit theft or felony, and obstruction of law enforcement officers. His girlfriend, Tanzania Shari Miller, 26, of 1344 Blue Bird Circle, Stone Mountain, has been charged with obstruction.
According to Lt. Jackie Dunn, White was one of three men who broke into a Dodge Ram pickup in the restaurant parking lot on Oct. 16. The owner of the truck told police that she was eating in the restaurant with her family and went outside to get something from the truck. She reportedly interrupted the three men who were taking items from the vehicle.
The victim told police that one of the men pointed a gun at her head and ordered her "out of my way." The victim said the suspects jumped out of her truck with their hands full of items, got into a white SUV and sped away headed north.
According to incident reports at the time, police chased the three suspects westbound on Interstate 20 at a high rate of speed. As their vehicle, a Mercedes SUV, passed near Sigman Road, the occupants of the car began throwing the items stolen from the victim's truck out of the window of the SUV.
The suspects exited at Turner Hill Road, turned left, and ran several red lights before ditching the SUV in a subdivision and getting away in nearby woods.
Dunn said police later received an anonymous tip that "(White) and his brother were bragging about the incident, so we began to work them as suspects."
Police were able to use technology that placed White in the vicinity of the incident, Dunn said. In addition White's fingerprints and his brother's fingerprints were found on the suspect vehicle, Dunn said. One of the suspects was cut while running through briars after they ditched the SUV, and samples have been sent to the GBI for DNA analysis, Dunn added.
Miller, who owned the Mercedes getaway vehicle, allegedly reported the SUV stolen the day of the robbery. Dunn said when police questioned her she made false statements.
Dunn said police are still seeking White's brother and the other suspect.