UPDATE: One suspect in Dalton store robbery arrested, second at large
UPDATE: One suspect in a Dalton armed robbery has been arrested, Dalton PD announced.
Police say 17-year-old Alexandro Perez was arrested without incident and booked into the Whitfield County jail on Friday.
Perez was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, participation in a criminal street gang, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
A second suspect, Sergio Perez, is still at large, and police are still working to identify the third person involved.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact Detective Jacob Burger at 706-278-9085, extension 9-325.
PREVIOUS STORY: The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify three men who robbed a Dalton store at gunpoint in September.
The suspects wore masks covering their faces, but investigators believe that someone will recognize their distinctive clothing or exposed facial features recorded by store surveillance.
The incident happened on September 13th at the La Esquinita store at 613 N. Hamilton Street.
Police say three males walked into the store wearing masks, two of them pointed handguns at the store clerk and customers. One of the suspects walked behind the counter and shoved the clerk away at gunpoint demanding cash. A second suspect grabbed one of the customers around his face with a gun held to his head. The third suspect appeared to act as a lookout. The three suspects got away with a large amount of cash and then fled on foot, near Matilda Street.
Spokesperson Bruce Frazier says the case is one of the city's most violent cases.
"That's an unusual level of violence. It's something that obviously concerns investigators ," he said. "Obviously you're talking about this type of situation that could of very easily turned out differently."
We asked why the police department waited nearly two months after the robbery to release images of the suspects to the public. Frazier said, "the detectives that were working the case had some pretty solid leads to begin with and having these guys tipped off that we were following these leads might have compromised the case."
Investigators were able to get a real good look at the group with great surveillance footage, the first suspect wore a light blue hoodie sweatshirt with the words “The Dirty South” on the front in a logo styled to look like the North Face logo. He also wore black shorts with a white stripe down the leg, black and white Nike shoes, and a blue mask that covered the lower portion of his face. The second suspect wore a dark blue hoodie and wore a single black Nike glove on his left hand. He wore gray pants, blue and white shoes, and a black and white mask over his lower face and also something covering his upper face. The third suspect wore a black Under Armor hoodie, black Adidas shorts with three white stripes on the legs, black Adidas shoes, a gray or black beanie hat, and a blue mask covering the lower portion of his face. He also had a blue key lanyard that was hanging out of his shorts pocket. Pictures of the suspects in which facial features can be seen are included with this release.
"We believe that if you know these guys you will recognize them," Frazier said.
Anyone with information on this crime or the identity of these suspects is asked to please contact Detective Jacob Burger at 706-278-9085, extension 9325.