Suspect in Gwinnett robberies said he needed money for sick child

A man who police say tried to rob a cleaners near Lawrenceville and a pizza joint near Snellville last week told the clerks at the two shops that he needed the money to care for his sick daughter.

The suspect, who police are trying to identify and locate, went into One Stop Cleaners on Dogwood Road at about 11 a.m. July 10 and asked if the store was hiring, Gwinnett County police Cpl. Michele Pihera said Wednesday in a news release.

After being told no, the suspect left. But he came back a few minutes later wearing a mask, pointed a gun at the employee and demanded money while telling the worker his child was sick, Pihera said. He left with a small amount of cash, removing his mask as he exited the cleaners.

About 6 p.m. that day, police believe the same man went to a Little Caesars on Stone Mountain Highway. Pihera said he showed an employee a handgun under his shirt while demanding money that he said he needed to treat his sick daughter. The worker ran to the back of the shop and the man left without getting any money, Pihera said.

Gwinnett police released surveillance video photos of the suspect. They are asking anyone with information that might help them in their investigation to contact detectives at 770-513-5300. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit