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Suspects arrested in pepper spray robberies in Rockdale and Henry counties

CONYERS — Two Henry County men have been arrested in connection with two convenience store armed robberies earlier this month in which the clerks were pepper sprayed.

Johnny Jay Collins, 36, was arrested Wednesday afternoon by the Henry County Police Department.

Cordero Demetriez Woody, 27, was arrested later Wednesday night. Both have been charged in Henry County with two counts of armed robbery and will be facing the same charges in Rockdale County, according to Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Michael Camp.

Collins and Woody are accused of robbing the BP convenience store at 4624 Ga. Highway 138 S. on the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 4. According to the RCSO, two masked men entered the store and one of the suspects approached the clerk, sprayed her in the face with pepper spray or Mace, and took the cash from the cash drawer.

The second robbery occurred the following Monday morning at the Kangaroo store at 2992 Ga. Highway 155. The female clerk was outside checking a trash can when she was approached by two men, one of whom sprayed her in the face and knocked her to the ground, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Just about a week earlier, two similar robberies of convenience stores occurred within about six hours of each other on Dec. 26 in Henry County. In one incident, the suspects sprayed a clerk with pepper spray; in the other, an axe was used to rob the clerk.

Investigators with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office and the Henry County Police Department have been working together to locate the suspects, Camp said.

“Our investigator developed the suspects’ names over the weekend and on Monday contacted Henry County,” he said.

RCSO and Henry County police executed a search warrant Wednesday for Collins at his residence in Henry County, where he was found and arrested.

Later in the day, Camp said Woody turned himself in to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Both men remain in the Henry County Jail and will face charges in Rockdale when they are transferred from Henry County.