GPD: Third armed robbery, aggravated assault suspect remains at large

Agents of the Griffin Police Department continue to search for one remaining suspect of a Thursday armed robbery that occurred in the Lowe’s parking lot.

According to GPD officials, agents of the Special Investigation Unit, with the assistance of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and an agent of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a buy-bust operation in which a confidential informant (CI) was going to purchase a trafficking amount of crack cocaine.

The deal, which was arranged to take place in the Lowe’s parking lot, resulted in three black males arriving in a blue Ford Excursion to meet the CI.

Authorities say the three suspects made contact with the CI and following a brief conversation, two of the men pulled firearms in an attempt to commit an armed robbery.

“They demanded money and threatened to kill the CI if he did not give up the money,” said GPD Capt. Dwayne Jones. “The attempted robbery was witnessed by several surveillance officers who immediately responded to intervene and protect the CI.”

He said officers approached the suspects’ vehicle, but secured only one suspect.

“The two remaining suspects fled the scene – one fled on foot and the other drove the Excursion erratically through the parking lot in the direction of the officers who were trying to apprehend the suspects,” Jones said. “Two officers discharged their weapons, shooting tires, in an attempt to disable the vehicle so that the suspect could not leave the scene.”

However, the suspect managed to exit the parking lot and fled across the highway to the Glenn Eagle apartment complex, where he abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.

Two weapons were recovered from inside the suspects’ vehicle.

Arrested at the scene and charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer was 27-yeas-old Rashawn Antwane Giles, of 1611 Hallmark Drive.

A second suspect, 19-year-old Tahron Daniels, whose last known address was 1876 High Falls Road, was apprehended in a Spalding Heights apartment. He, too, is charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer.

Warrants for those same charges have been obtained for 21-year-old Tony Lamar Parks Jr., of 4000 Jackson Road. GPD officials describe Parks as approximately 6’1” and 200 pounds. Anyone with information on Parks’ whereabouts is asked to notify the police.

Sgt. Richard Phillips, of the GPD Criminal Investigation Division, is the lead investigator in the case, and officials say additional charges are anticipated.

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