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Police say man robbed 2 restaurants at gunpoint

Police are seeking information from the public about a man wanted in connection with two armed robberies in Gwinnett County.

Police have named Tekle E. Anenia, 37, as a suspect in the robbery of the Pollo Campero restaurant in the 5000 block of Jimmy Carter Boulevard near Norcross on Jan. 2, Cpl. Michele Pihera  of the Gwinnett County Police said in a news release.

The next day, police suspect the same man held up the Pollo Norteno restaurant across the street from the site of the first robbery, Pihera said.


In both robberies, the suspect pulled out a handgun, demanded cash and fired at least one shot, according to police. In the second robbery, the suspect left the restaurant with the entire cash register after firing a shot into the refrigerator.

“The lead detective researched tips and examined evidence in both these investigations,” Pihera said. “In the end, he was able to identify Tekle E. Anenia as the suspect in both cases.”

Police plan to charge Anenia with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony. Police think he may be staying in the Norcross area.

Anyone who knows of Anenia’s whereabouts is asked to contact police at 770-513-5300.

Tipsters can also remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting crimestoppersatlanta.org.

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