Saturday, October 25, 2014

Police charge man for China Cafe robbery; are led to body of other suspect


By Pat Cooper

Alvin James Scott

By Pat Cooper

On Monday afternoon, Fayetteville police announced that, with the assistance of the Morro and Clayton County Police Departments, they have made an arrest in connection with the Friday night robbery of the China Cafe restaurant in Fayetteville.
Alvin James Scott, 26, of Jonesboro was arrested and charged with Armed Robbery. Another man involved in the Friday night incident, Leandro Bernard Johnson, 27, of Ellenwood, is still at large. Further, police received information from Scott that led them to the abandoned body of Morrow resident Alonzo Starks, 25, at a vacant home in Morrow.
According to Lt. Mike Whitlow of the Fayetteville PD, the department has been working steadily since Friday night on their investigation.
The search resulted from a tip provided from a concerned relative who reported Starks missing and who also believed Starks could have been involved in the robbery and shooting. The information led police to Scott and Johnson.
On Friday night, two suspects entered the China Cafe and held three workers at gun point. One of the employees produced a handgun and shot the suspect. Whitlow said that Starks had been shot multiple times- once in the face- and would not have been able to run far to escape.
Whitlow noted that it was “the most cruel and cold abandonment of a body” he’d seen by people who were “supposed to be friends.”
The second suspect shot another employee in the upper abdomen. Both suspects fled, most likely to a nearby vehicle. The man is still in critical condition at Grady Memorial Hospital, according to Whitlow.
After the incident, Fayetteville police alerted local hospitals regarding the injured suspect.
Currently being charged with Armed Robbery, Whitlow said that Scott is currently in the Fayette County Jail with the possibility of other charges as the investigation continues. Investigators are currently in discussion with the district attorney’s office regarding those charges. Whitlow believes the three men could have been not only responsible for this incident, but could also be connected to the October 3rd robbery at the Golden Chopstix restaurant in the Hudson Plaza in Fayetteville and a number of other robberies in the metro Atlanta area.
The search is still on for Johnson.


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