A phone call from a concerned relative gave police the break needed in the investigation of the armed robbery of a Fayetteville restaurant on Friday night.
One suspect was arrested Monday, another was found dead, and a third remains at large, Fayetteville police said.
Two armed men entered the China Café at 913 Glynn Street North and held three restaurant employees at gunpoint, authorities said. An employee shot one of the suspects in the face, then another suspect returned fire and struck an employee in the abdomen. The suspects left with an employee’s cellphone but no cash. They fled to a vehicle, possibly a black four-door sedan, officials said.
Alvin James Scott, 26, of Jonesboro was arrested Monday morning at his Jonesboro home by Fayetteville police. Authorities then received information that led them to the body of Alonzo Starks, 25, of Morrow, in an abandoned home. Another suspect, 27-year-old Leandro Bernard Johnson. of Ellenwood, is still on the loose.
The wounded restaurant worker remains in critical condition at Grady Memorial Hospital, Whitlow said.
A fugitive who was being sought in an armed robbery attempt and shootout at a Fayetteville restaurant was found dead in a Covington apartment complex Tuesday by law enforcement officials, who had an arrest warrant for the man.
Leandro Bernard Johnson, 27, of Ellenwood, was found dead of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a Wellington Ridge apartment unit around 9:30 a.m., according to Jim Joyner, a supervisor with the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the multi-agency group that went to arrest Johnson.
No restaurant workers died in the attempted robbery and shootout on Oct. 11 at the China Café restaurant on Glynn Street in Fayetteville, but one employee remains hospitalized in serious condition, Johnson said.
According to a story on WSBTV.com, two masked robbers, one of whom was Johnson, entered the back door of the restaurant just before 11 p.m. and held three employees at gunpoint; the third man, 26-year-old Alvin James Scott, of Jonesboro, was the alleged getaway driver.
One of the employees also had a gun and shot one of the robbers, later identified as 25-year-old Alonzo Starks, of Morrow, in the head; Johnson returned gunfire, injuring a different employee, according to WSBTV.com.
The robbers got away, but Starks was found dead in an abandoned home Oct. 14, while Scott was arrested the same day at his Jonesboro home, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Fayetteville police say Leadron Johnson and Alonzo Starks were robbing employees of the China Café when a deliver driver pulled a weapon and shot Starks five times, including a round to the face.
The restaurant owner was shot and remains in critical condition. Police would later discover Starks’ body in an abandoned home in Clayton County.