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Dalton Police seek woman tied to July armed robbery

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DALTON, WHITFIELD COUNTY (WRCB) – Dalton Police are asking for help finding a woman wanted in connection with an armed robbery from July.

Police say they have warrants out for 26-year-old Samantha Sanford in connection with an armed robbery that happened last month.

Sanford is wanted on charges of aggravated assault, attempted armed robbery, burglary, and conspiracy to commit a felony. 

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 29-year-old Lavalis Sentell Ward.  The other suspect was unknown. 

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.

Investigators 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.

Lavalis Ward was arrested July 8th and charged with aggravated assault, forced entry burglary, impersonating a public officer, and kidnapping.  Sanford is a former roommate of the victim, and apparently also had a previous romantic relationship with the victim.  Investigators believe that she conspired with Ward to set up the robbery. 

Samantha Sanford is described as a white female, standing about 5'7" tall and weighing approximately 140 pounds.  She has blondish/reddish colored hair. 

Anyone with information on Sanford's whereabouts or any other information on this incident is asked to please contact Detective Greg Bates at 706-278-9085, extension 137. 

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