Man accused of shooting at SUV full of children captured during robbery

Man accused of shooting at SUV full of children captured during robbery

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Carroll County Sheriff’s Office
Dante Starks
  • Story Highlights
  • A citizen tried to stop Dante Starks after a Dec. 18 robbery at a Tyrone auto parts store.
  • Starks fired at the citizen’s SUV, police said. Three children were inside the vehicle.
  • He was arrested Tuesday during another robbery at another auto parts store.

A man accused of shooting at a car with three children inside earlier this month was arrested Tuesday during an armed robbery in Carroll County, police say. 

Dante Starks, who is also wanted on armed robbery charges in Douglas and Fulton counties as well as in the cities of Villa Rica and Tyrone, tried his luck robbing an auto parts store on Music Mill Road in Bremen about 8 a.m., according to a police report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

The crime was similar to one Tyrone police believe Starks committed on Dec. 18.

After an armed robbery at an O’Reilly Auto Parts store in Tyrone, Starks tried to drive out of the parking lot, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

As the suspect attempted to leave, a citizen tried to stop him by ramming his SUV into Starks’ vehicle, officers said. 

Mike McKinney’s children ducked just before the robber fired into his SUV. The shot pierced a window and went right through his daughter's car seat, The AJC previously reported.

"If she hadn't have moved her head,” he said, “it would have been right in her head.”

Bremen police said Starks wore a ski mask as he broke into another O’Reilly Auto Parts store and forced employees into an office Tuesday morning. 

Officers and Haralson County deputies were alerted when the panic alarm went off, the sheriff’s office said. 

When an employee told responding Bremen Sgt. Michael Bell the store was closed, he asked where the suspect was, according to the report. That’s when Starks, who is described as 6-foot-5, stepped out from behind a shelf and pointed a handgun, Bell wrote in the report.

After telling the man to drop the gun, Starks ran out the back of the store and was arrested, the report states. 

Starks, 35, remains in the Carroll County jail on armed robbery, aggravated assault and false imprisonment charges. 

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