Suspected armed robber captured at the scene

Source: Columbus Police Department
Source: Columbus Police Department

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Suspected armed robber captured at the scene of the crime.

Just before midnight Saturday police were called the 7160 Moon Road to Mark's City Grill in reference to an armed robbery.

Witnesses tell police a black man approached three employees as they were locking up for the night. He pulled out a gun and forced them back into the business, where he demanded they empty their pockets.

While the suspect was forcing them to give him money, an altercation took place as one of the employees started fighting back. The suspect's handgun discharged once, but no one was hit by the bullet.

Police say the suspect eventually felt overpowered and ran away from the restaurant.

The suspect, who is identified as 39 year old Deron Thomas, was found by police in the area of the crime. After the victims identified him as the person who tried to rob the business, he was arrested by Columbus police.

Thomas will appear in Recorder's Court Monday, August 9th at 9 a.m. He is being charged with: criminal attempted armed robbery of a business, three counts of armed robbery, one count of aggravated assault, and possession of firearm during commission of a crime.

He is currently being held in the Muscogee County Jail.

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