Suspects in high-speed chase in Douglas face multiple charges

The three people accused of robbing a Lithia Springs cell phone store and leading three agencies on a high-speed chase in Douglas County were in court Friday via video conference.

Sean Barnes, 23, of Fairburn; Antonio Fortson, 22, of Riverdale; and Travoris Hill, 21, of Atlanta, each face multiple counts of armed robbery and kidnapping, according to a news release from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, two men allegedly ran into an AT&T store on Thornton Road with a pistol and bags. They took cash, cell phones and other items, authorities said Friday in the release.

Barnes, the alleged getaway driver, picked up the suspects when they ran out of the store and led deputies, Douglasville police officers and Georgia State Patrol troopers on a high speed chase from Thornton Road to west of Post Road, according to the release. Speeds reached in excess of 130 mph.

The chase, which caused four patrol cars and one unmarked Tahoe to wreck, ended when authorities used a maneuver to stop the getaway car, a red Nissan Maxima with Texas plates.

Barnes, Fortson and Hill got out of the car and ran away. Authorities caught up with the trio a short time later and found a loaded 9 mm Taurus pistol and the stolen merchandise inside the vehicle.

The men are in the Douglas County jail without bond.