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Police arrest Wal-Mart robbery suspect after making false 911 report

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Irven Williams Irven Williams
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Columbus Police have made an arrest in a daring Wal-Mart robbery that happened early Friday morning, and they were led to the suspect when he called 911 to report the getaway vehicle stolen.

Detectives responded to the home of Irven Williams in the 300 block of 28th Avenue just before noon for a report of a carjacking that had occurred the night before.  Williams said his car and his phone were stolen by two men late last night, but police were skeptical of his story.

Williams was taken downtown to Columbus police headquarters and after hours of questioning, he was charged with armed robbery.  Police wanted to know why he waited until Friday morning to report an incident that supposedly happened more than 8 hours earlier.

A witness said he saw two armed men with masks burst through the front door of the Walmart on Whittlesey Blvd. and demand cash from employees near register #2.

"One came in with the pistol, he had on a mask, and he just told them to give it up. They shouldn't have done it like that, I wasn't ready for that.  It's nothing that you would expect to happen to you," said Zachary Farrow.

Witnesses said the two men entered the store, which is open 24 hours, just after midnight and went straight for the safe.   

Farrow said the whole thing happened in less than 30 seconds.  The suspects grabbed the safe and ran out the door, but they couldn't fit the bulky metal object in their car, so they had to leave it in the parking lot.  While he's glad that the thieves were unsuccessful, Farrow said the most important thing is that no one was harmed during this incident.

"I can't say that it was really nothing.  It was still the pain and agony that we had to go through, but nobody got hurt, nothing got taken, so I feel good about that."

Wal-Mart did not lose any money during the attempted robbery and police are still looking for another suspect.

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