DALTON, WHITFIELD COUNTY (WRCB) – Police in Dalton say they arrested a man in connection with an armed robbery while he was at a sentencing for another armed robbery.

DPD say 29-year-old Lavalis Sentell Ward was arrested Friday on charges aggravated assault, forced entry burglary, impersonating a public officer, and kidnapping in connection with a June 19th incident.

Investigators say Ward was found at the Whitfield County Courthouse where he was attending a sentencing hearing for a separate armed robbery case.

According to police, the incident happened at the McGhee Place Apartments at 775 McGhee Place at approximately 2:45 am on June 19th. 

Officers say the victim was in his apartment when two men started banging on the back door and identifying themselves as the Sheriff's Office.  The victim refused to open the door, instead running out of the front door and around the side of the building where he was confronted by two men, one of whom was identified as Ward.  The other suspect was unknown. 

Police say Ward followed the victim into the apartment at gunpoint, while his accomplice waited outside.  The victim told investigators went into a bedroom to get his sleeping daughter while he heard Ward go through his apartment.  He told investigators that as he exited the apartment with his daughter, he was hit in the head with a gun.

The victim told investigators that the second suspect was a black male, standing between 6' and 6'2" tall.  The suspect wore jeans and a dark blue shirt with a blue bandanna covering his face.  The suspect had close cropped hair.

Dalton Police investigators also want to talk to Samantha King Sanford, 26.  Sanford has outstanding warrants for burglary in unrelated cases, and is also wanted for questioning in this incident. 

The investigation into this incident continues, and anyone with information on Ward, the identity of his accomplice, or the whereabouts of Samantha Sanford is asked to please contact Detective Greg Bates at 706-278-9085, extension 137.