Police are searching for the two suspects.
Photo: WSB 24-hour Traffic Center
Photo: WSB 24-hour Traffic Center

Suspects rob Walmart, drive U-Haul wrong way on Ga. 400, cops say

One felony suspect is in custody and two others have been on the run near Roswell since allegedly robbing a Walmart on Friday night and driving the wrong way on Ga. 400, authorities confirmed.

Just before 8:30 p.m., officers responded to a theft at the Walmart at 970 Mansell Road, and they were told the three suspects drove off in a U-Haul truck, Roswell police Sgt. Britney Rodgers said in a news release. Several pieces of audio equipment were stolen. 

The U-Haul was spotted by police near the North Springs MARTA station, but when police attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the truck drove through a security gate into the MARTA parking structure, the release said. Sandy Springs police were called in for assistance when the incident entered their jurisdiction.

As the vehicle entered the structure, the passenger door opened and Curtis Willis jumped out onto the pavement, striking his head, the release said. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition. The charges he will face when released from the hospital were not provided.

The U-Haul fled north in the southbound lanes of Ga. 400, and police discontinued the chase, the release said. The truck was later found abandoned near Exit 6.

K-9 teams searched the nearby area for the remaining two suspects, but police spokesman Lisa Holland said they were not captured. Police are still trying to identify them.

The passenger was described as a man with short black hair and a medium build, who wore a green puffy jacket and dark jeans. There was no description of the driver.


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