Teen kidnaps 74-year-old woman at Family Dollar in DeKalb, cops say

Aug 21, 2018
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A DeKalb County 19-year-old could face decades in prison after police allege he kidnapped two women, including a 74-year-old, during a Family Dollar store robbery.

Jernel Davis is accused of forcing the two women inside the store, located on Snapfinger Road, on the evening of July 17, according to warrants released this week. He was arrested last Tuesday.

The suspect is said to have had his face covered with a shirt, tied there with a rubber bracelet.

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The warrants allege forcing the women inside made it less likely his robbery would be detected.

In the end, he made off with merchandise worth $300 and fled, police said. No injures were noted in the warrants.

Witnesses followed him to a nearby apartment complex, where people knew who he was, helping police take out warrants. 

Davis remained in jail Tuesday on two counts of kidnapping, along with single counts of armed robbery and abuse of an elder person, records show. The kidnapping charges alone could send him away for 40 years, under Georgia law.

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