According to Cpl. Bryan Clanton, GPD spokesman, the crime was averted by an attentive customer at the Shell Quick Stop at 1701 Williamson Road. The customer noticed a masked man walking toward the store.
“Just before lunch on Friday, a female customer alerted Shell Quick Stop employee Frank Asghar that a man wearing a bandana over his face was crossing the parking lot,” Clanton said. “Asghar locked the door and activated the hold-up alarm. The suspect fled when the door would not open.”
GPD personnel responded to the call and the Uniform Patrol Division K-9 team of officer Jonathan McGehee and Duke began tracking the suspect toward Park Place.
“Duke led the officers to an area behind the store and Lt. Darrell Dix located a set of muddy footprints,” Clanton said. “The footprints were followed and ended at the front door of 1757 Park Place. The 19-year-old suspect, identified as Johntavian Bendrel Terrell, was located inside after his mother consented to the officers searching the residence.”
“Due to the number of attempted robberies at the location, the store employees are very attentive to everyone around the store. It is also a location frequented by local law enforcement,” Clanton said. “This is our second time arresting a suspect based on alert individuals spotting the offenders in the parking lot as they are headed inside.”
Terrell is being held in the Spalding County Jail, having been charged with criminal attempt to commit armed robbery.