Five juveniles are accused of robbing two teenagers at gunpoint in Winder, and three of them allegedly ran away from police, prompting an overnight search, authorities said.
The minors — three boys and two girls — face armed robbery charges after the incident, with the boys facing additional firearm possession and reckless conduct charges, Winder police said. Their names were not released because they are being charged as juveniles.
About 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to an armed robbery at a home in the Bellingrath Plantation subdivision off Ga. 211, police said in a news release. Two teens said they were robbed at gunpoint by the five suspects, who got away in a vehicle.
A bag full of personal items and cash was stolen from the victims, who had been messaging one of the suspects prior to the robbery, police said.
Officers tracked the vehicle to an address outside of Winder’s city limits, so Barrow County deputies visited the home, the release said. Deputies found the suspects’ vehicle and arrested the two girls.
Police said the three boys ran into some nearby woods while carrying pistols, however, prompting a manhunt that lasted overnight. Auburn police, K-9 units, Gwinnett County deputies and a Gwinnett police helicopter were called in to assist with the search.
The manhunt lasted until about 2 a.m. Thursday, when Barrow County deputies and Winder officers found and arrested two of the boys, the release said. The third teen is still on the run, but authorities said they know his identity.
Authorities also recovered three pistols, ammunition, a cellphone, the victim’s bookbag and other items hidden in the woods, police said.
The four suspects in custody were taken to a youth detention center.
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