Kemp and Lewis Jones III, 35, were partners in the series of armed robberies that began in April at Jared Vault in Woodstock and continued until Jan. 4, when a Mebane, N.C., store was targeted, according to federal investigators. In each robbery, store employees were forced at gunpoint into a back room, where their hands were tied behind their backs.
Within days of distributing photos of two suspects in the string of crimes, investigators identified the pair, thanks to tips from the public and cellphone pings. On Jan. 8, Kemp and Jones were together when agents arrived at a Smyrna apartment. Both were arrested and each charged with conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats or violence.