Eric Eugene Williams (from left), Akshunn Amire Williams, Cantrez Griffin
Photo: Clayton County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Clayton County Sheriff's Office

3 robbery suspects arrested after chase through 2 metro Atlanta counties, crash

Three armed robbery suspects were arrested in Atlanta on Wednesday after leading authorities in two counties on a chase on I-75.

Eric Eugene Williams, 28, Cantrez Griffin, 17, and Akshunn Amire Williams, 22, were taken into custody after their black Mazda 3 wrecked on Ridge Avenue off the University Parkway exit. They have been linked to an armed robbery in Clayton County and could be implicated in other robberies in Atlanta, authorities said.

It was the Clayton County incident at a T-Mobile store on Mt. Zion Road that kicked off the chase Wednesday. According to Clayton County sheriff’s deputies, the men entered the store earlier that day armed with semi-automatic handguns and ordered employees to fill a trash bag with cash and cellphones.

Witnesses saw the trio drive away in the Mazda, which was later spotted traveling north on I-75 toward Atlanta, authorities said. 

Shortly after the crash, one of the men was taken into custody. The other two were tracked down using Clayton County K-9s.

Eric Williams, who was identified as the driver, is facing charges of armed robbery, obstruction, hit-and-run, second-degree damage to property, fleeing from police, driving the wrong way on a one-way street and reckless driving. 

Griffin faces charges of armed robbery and obstruction. Akshunn Williams also faces an armed robbery charge, as well as a charge of tampering with evidence. He and Eric Williams are from Atlanta. Griffin is from Jonesboro.

They are all being held Thursday in the Clayton County Jail without bond. Atlanta police told AJC.com they are looking at the possibility the same men are related to cases in their jurisdiction. 

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