UPDATE: One suspect in custody, two at large after aerial search over Avondale EstatesAn Avondale Estates Police Car. Source: City of Avondale Estates, GA
This story has been updated.
There’s been a lot of confusion surrounding an incident that occurred in Avondale earlier today, July 23.
Avondale Police sent out an alert about suspects that had run from police, triggering an aerial search of the area. The number of suspects and their genders changed as DeKalb County Police and Avondale Police provided conflicting accounts of what took place.
DeKalb Police Capt. Steven Fore said the most-up-to date and accurate account is as follows.
An officer initiated a traffic stop of a red Nissan Altima reported stolen in an armed robbery. The car contained three suspects: one male and two female.
On July 23, Avondale Estates notified residents that two male suspects had exited the vehicle and fled into a wooded area behind Avondale Estates Pattillo Church. The alert said the suspects got out near the water tower and the adjacent apartments. They were then spotted in the parking lot of the DeKalb County Tag Office off of Memorial Drive.
Avondale Police later said both suspects had been captured. But that’s not what happened according to police.
One of the female suspects was captured. The other male and female suspects haven’t been located, according to Capt. Fore.
Avondale sent out a corrected release, but it contained additional errors, Fore said. The corrected release said the two suspects at large were male and one had a warrant for armed robbery. Fore corrected that correction, saying that one of the suspects was female, one was male and that police do not know if either have an outstanding warrant.
Fore described the two suspects as:
– A black male with gold dreadlocks, white tee-shirt, brown or khaki colored shorts
– A black female wearing a light-colored shirt (white or grey) light colored blue jeans