One armed robbery suspect remains at large, another arrested

Police have identified a man arrested following an armed robbery Saturday in Alpharetta, but are still looking for another man in connection with the crime.

Fredrequis Cobb was arrested as he hid in the floorboard area of a Jeep at a Forsyth County residence, where officials say he and Kinneth Battle fled after an armed robbery at a BP convenience store located on Windward Parkway.

Authorities surrounded a large area in south Forsyth County to try and find Battle Saturday, but they shut down their search of the area after more than 12 hours, said George Gordon, a spokesman for the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety.

Police believe Battle left the area, he said. They have continued to look for him elsewhere.

“He’s priority one at this time,” Gordon said. “We’ll use all our resources and skills to bring him to justice.”

Battle and Cobb ran into the Alpharetta BP convenience store after 2 a.m. Saturday, jumped over the counter and snatched the cash register, Gordon said.

After they drove away, the store clerk provided the tag number of their vehicle. A Forsyth County deputy located the Jeep and followed it to a residence.

Battle ran into a deputy as he fled through the dark into a nearby wooded area, Gordon said. Battle, who is either 20 or 21 years old, appeared to be armed with an AR-15 rifle or similar firearm.

“He ran at full speed into the woods,” Gordon said. “It was completely dark back there. … It wasn’t safe to engage.”

At least 45 deputies and SWAT team members from multiple jurisdictions searched for Battle through a mostly wooded area near Ga. 400 along Atlanta Highway, said Deputy Doug Rainwater with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

“He’s hiding somewhere,” Rainwater said. “We’re not going to rule out anything at this point.”

Cobb is in the Fulton County Jail in lieu of $11,000 bond. He is charged with robbery and wearing a mask, hood or device which conceals identity of wearer.