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2 suspects in custody following alleged armed robbery at Oakwood store
Authorities say the Dollar General on Atlanta Highway in Oakwood was robbed Tuesday morning.

Two Louisiana men have been charged in Tuesday’s armed robbery of a Dollar General store on Atlanta Highway in Oakwood.

Thomas Robinson Jr., 20, and Marques Johnson, 18, both of Monroe, La., were arrested soon after the 9 a.m. incident and charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and wearing bandanas to conceal their faces during the commission of a robbery.

The men are accused of going into the store near Cresthill Drive and demanding money from the cashier at gunpoint, Oakwood Police Sgt. Danny Sridej said.

One suspect pointed his gun at the cashier and demanded money while the second suspect “scanned the store while pointing his handgun toward the back of the store,” an Oakwood police press release states.

“A customer who was inside the store was able to hide and call 911 for help,” police said.

The suspects took money from the register and then ran from the store, according to authorities.

Authorities immediately began searching for the suspects, with nearby Interstate 985 closed during the manhunt. The Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Flowery Branch police and Oakwood police joined in the search.

A sheriff’s deputy caught Robinson at Plainview Mobile Home Park near the Dollar General.

Johnson was caught “with the assistance of an employee of a local business near

Dollar General store,” the press release states.

Hall County Deputy Stephen Wilbanks said Johnson had fled into Astro Mechanical, off Southland Drive.

“We did recover some money from one suspect,” Sridej said. “The other one — I’m not sure yet.”

Bailey Simmons was headed to work on I-985 when she was caught up in the law enforcement response to the incident.

She said she slammed on her brakes as she saw law enforcement spill onto the highway with guns drawn.

“They had their (patrol car) trunks open and were gearing up,” she said. “Other people were running down the side of the highway. It was pretty scary. … My heart was racing.”

A Dollar General manager declined to comment on the incident.

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