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Oakhurst Family Dollar robbed


Oakhurst Family Dollar robbed

Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

This story has been updated. 

A man robbed the Family Dollar in Oakhurst on Saturday morning, but he didn’t get far, according to the store manager and Decatur Police.

Decatur Police said police responded to the call at 9:17 am.

Manager Samelia Myers told Decaturish a man threatened her. He never pulled a weapon, she said.

“He said, ‘You need to open this register,” Myers said.

Myers said Decatur Police Officers soon had the man in custody and recovered the stolen money.

She said she wasn’t hurt in the incident.

“I am very fine,” she said. “I was furious, but I’m fine now.”

According to police, the suspect entered the Family Dollar wearing jeans, a gray hoodie sweatshirt, a red ski mask and sunglasses. He walked behind the counter and told the clerk to open the register.

“The suspect had one of his hands inside of the pocket of his sweatshirt and it was unknown if he had a weapon,” Police Sgt. Jennifer Ross said.

Police allege the suspect stole $100 from two registers and fled the store on foot toward Oakview Road. An officer was arriving in the area when a cyclist flagged him down. The cyclist told the officer that the suspect jumped a fence at Ansley Street and Jefferson Place.

An officer spotted the suspect at the end of Olympic Place, a dead end street. He saw the suspect throw something onto the roof of an apartment building. Officers later found sunglasses and a screwdriver on the roof of the apartment building.

The officer started chasing him on foot, jumping over fences and running through yards between Olympic Place, Mead Road and Feld Avenue.

They caught the suspect in a yard in the 200 block of Mead Road.

Ross said a second victim driving on Oakview Road and Ansley Street saw the suspect running. The victim said as he slowed down to turn, the suspect walked up to his driver’s side window and demanded he turn over the vehicle. The victim quickly drove away, Ross said.

Police identified the suspect as 22-year-old Kenneth Hill from DeKalb County.

He is charged with robbery, criminal attempt to commit hijacking of a motor vehicle and three counts of obstruction of a law enforcement officer. He also had an outstanding warrant from DeKalb County for a probation violation stemming from a disorderly conduct charge, Ross said.