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.