Wood-paneled station wagon as getaway car helps nab robbery suspect

TV cop show viewers know the best getaway car is one that doesn’t stand out. Maybe a Camry, something like that.

Police nabbed a man they suspect is responsible for the armed robbery of a Conyers Subway as well as some other similar jobs around DeKalb County in large part because of the unusual vehicle they say he fled in.

A white station wagon with wood paneling.

According to Conyers police, an armed man held up a Subway on West Avenue the night of Jan. 23. He got away, but witnesses inside the sandwich shop described him as a black male in his 20s with several face tattoos.

They also remembered the car he rode off in.

Just a few hours after the robbery, Cpl. Jerahmy Williams spotted a vehicle matching that description. When he stopped it, the passenger got out and took off, but the driver, Malcom Scott, 51, of Stone Mountain, was arrested for driving while license suspended and possession of drug related objects, which police say was a glass pipe.

Police said Scott could only tell them that the passenger’s name was “Lil D” and that he has several face tattoos. When special operations officers Chase Bagwell and Anthony Cook heard that, though, they remembered having had recent contact with someone matching that description in the area.

They identified him as Kyle Angelo Johnson II, 23, of Covington. Investigators discovered he was wanted out of DeKalb County for several recent similar robberies.

Warrants were obtained for armed robbery, aggravated assault and obstruction of officers in the Conyers Subway case.

Then, on January 27th, the Newton County sheriff’s department responded to a domestic incident call where they found Johnson. They arrested him on the Conyers warrants. He is now being held in the Rockdale County jail without bond with outstanding warrants for 12 robberies in DeKalb.