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UPDATE: Suspect in robbery of 85-year-old Dalton man arrested

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DALTON, GA (WRCB) -

UPDATE: A sketch from Dalton police and the GBI led to the arrest of a man accused of robbing a Dalton home. 

The picture was drawn Thursday after an 85-year-old man described the man who entered his home, tied him up, and stole several guns and other items. 

After the sketch was released, the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office received calls about the suspect's whereabouts.

Investigators learned the suspect, 26-year-old Joshua David Cole, was staying with a friend in Ringgold, but he wasn't there when officers arrived. Numerous officers from Whitfield, Catoosa, and East Ridge, TN began searching the area.

When the victim's car was located in East Ridge, the search intensified. Whitfield deputies spotted Cole at a warehouse at around 5 p.m. Friday and after a brief foot chase, he was arrested.

Deputies recovered a firearm, thrown down by Cole as he fled authorities on foot during his apprehension.

He is charged with Burglary, False Imprisonment, Theft by Taking, Armed Robbery, Financial Transaction Card Theft and Fraud, Terroristic Threats and Acts, Possession of Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, Exploitation and Intimidation of an Elder Person, and other charges. 

Police also found a small amount of meth on Cole and say more charges are expected in this on-going investigation.

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Police and GBI agents are asking for your help in solving a robbery at an elderly Dalton man's home.

Police say the man pictured in this story is wanted for a home invasion that happened Wednesday around 3:45 a.m.

The 85-year-old victim lived alone and heard a noise coming from his kitchen. He found the suspect in the kitchen when he went to investigate. That's when the suspect used masking tape to hold the victim down while he stole several guns and other items.

The suspect is a white male with brown hair who appears to be in his mid 20's, standing 5'10" tall and weighing about 160 pounds.

The suspect fled the home in the victim's silver 1992 Buick Regal with Georgia tag numbers PPA-7378.

If you have any information, please contact Detective Blake Smith at (706) 278-3029 or GBI Special Agent H. Taylor at 706-624-1424.

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