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December 5, 2012

Quitman robbery suspect detained

BROOKS COUNTY — An assailant brandishing a firearm and demanding cash may have triggered a heart attack in an employee tending a Quitman gas station Monday evening, according to Brooks County authorities who now report that they've apprehended a suspect.

The robbery occurred at around 6 p.m. at the Naylor Gas'n Go on Quitman's Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, according to Police Chief Wesley Ross of the Quitman Police Department. The assailant pointed a firearm at the employee and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, said Ross.

Ross couldn't confirm whether the employee had actually suffered a heart attack as a result of the high pressure situation, but he said the man was evaluated at Brooks County Hospital overnight as a precaution. Quitman police officers caught up with a suspect several hours later at a location in the 1800 block of Screven Street, Ross said.

“After we began to process the scene and work leads, we determined who the guy was and arrested him at midnight,” said Ross. “We have been really lucky in working with the community. Thanks to the community's support, we've been able to find out who these people are and arrest them for their crimes.”

Andrew David Rogers, 18, has been charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm or knife while trying to commit crimes, reports stated. He was taken into custody by Quitman police and has been detained at the Brooks County Detention center, reports stated.

Anyone having any information on this crime or any other has been encouraged to contact the Quitman Police Department at 229-263-7556 or the Brooks County Sheriff's Office at 229-263-7558.

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