COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The FBI has arrested the serial armed robber wanted in connection to 11 commercial armed robberies in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.
John Arthur Morris, 47, a convicted felon wanted for his alleged involvement in the robberies that took place between January and August 2016, was arrested without incident after a traffic stop in Mississippi.
Morris is alleged to have robbed nine businesses in Columbus, GA, one in Phenix City, AL and one in Kissimmee, FL. The businesses include automotive parts and supply stores and a restaurant. Morris was armed with a handgun in each robbery, which he pointed at his victims. On many occasions, Morris forced his victims at gunpoint to a back room or office and used zip ties or telephone cords to tie them up.
In the restaurant armed robbery, he allegedly abducted the manager at gunpoint and forced her to drive Morris a few blocks away from the restaurant in her vehicle.
A State of Georgia felony arrest warrant was issued July 11 based on the May 13 armed robbery of an automotive parts store in Columbus, GA.
Also in July, the Phenix City, AL Police Department issued a felony arrest warrant for Morris for the July 10 armed robbery of an automotive supply business in that area.
On Aug. 14 Morris allegedly robbed another automotive supply store in Kissimmee, FL.
A federal arrest warrant for Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution was issued for Morris in the United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia, Columbus, GA, on Aug. 18.
Special Agent in Charge J. Britt Johnson, FBI Atlanta, in conjunction with Special Agent in Charge Michelle S. Klimt, FBI Jacksonville, FL and Special Agent in Charge Paul Wysopal, FBI Tampa, FL are all involved in the search for Morris.
The FBI would like to thank the public for their assistance locating him.