Two robbery suspects caught after overnight hold-ups

By Roslyn Giles

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM)- Columbus police acted quickly to nab 2 suspected robbers Tuesday morning.  Police said the incidents are unrelated, but in both cases, officers arrested the men within minutes of allegedly committing the crimes.

The first call came in around 2:00 a.m. from Mike's Market at the Express Chevron on Manchester Expressway and Armour Road. Police said the man came into the store to make a purchase.  During the transaction, the clerk opened the cash register and the customer snatched money from the drawer and fled on foot.

As police canvassed the area, they noticed a man who fit the description.  Officers took the man back to the gas station.

News Leader 9 spoke to the clerk. She said, "The man stared at me as if he were saying, you better not tell."

The clerk didn't let that glance intimidate her; she positively identified the man.  The suspect was arrested and taken to the Muscogee County Jail. He is being charged with robbery.

Another robbery took place at the same time in the East Highland community.

Police added a man knocked at the door of a woman's home on 12th Avenue shortly after 2:00 a.m.  He forced his way inside with a gun attached to his waist and demanded money.

He got away with some cash.  Police apprehended the suspect, 34-year-old Demarcus Jacobs.  He faces armed robbery charges.