Suspects arrested in holdup outside Flying Biscuit

Investigators want to know whether three men charged in an armed robbery outside the Midtown Flying Biscuit are responsible for the recent spate of intown holdups, Atlanta police told the AJC Thursday.

Two male victims told police they were outside the restaurant about 3 p.m. Wednesday when three men robbed them at gunpoint, then left in a dark-colored SUV. Authorities tracked the vehicle to an apartment complex in Clarkston. There they took five men into custody.

The victims identified the three men who robbed them, police said, and the two others were released.

Detectives found an item that had been stolen in the robbery, as well as several laptops, IDs and credit cards stolen during burglaries in DeKalb and Rockdale counties, police said.

Police charged Patrick Terry, 20, Joe Turner, 35, and Jason Ledbetter, 33, with armed robbery.

It is unclear if this incident is related to the month-long rash of robberies in the Virginia-Highland and Midtown areas, police said.

"It is too early to tell," said Sgt. Curtis Davenport, an Atlanta police spokesman.

In those robberies, which began in early September, men and women have been accosted outside their homes, walking down the street or waiting at bus stops. The armed robbers have taken cell phones, cash and in one case, the victim's car keys and car.