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Rockdale robbery suspects found to be guardsmen

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

CONYERS -- The two men arrested in connection with last week's bank robbery turned out to be soldiers in the Army National Guard, and one of the men is accused of murder in a DeKalb County drive-by shooting.

Jamelle Lloyd Francis, 25, of Grayson and Menshack Jah Nyepah, 21, of Decatur each face armed robbery and aggravated assault charges in connection with the Dec. 23 incident at Georgia's Own Credit Union, located at 620 Sigman Road.

Conyers Police said in a news release Wednesday that both men were soldiers in the Army National Guard, holding the rank of specialist. They were attached to the HHC 560th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade out of Fort Gillem.

According to Wednesday's news release, Francis was wearing his Army uniform under the coveralls he disposed of in a wooded area after the heist.

Nyepah currently faces charges of murder, false report of a crime and giving false statements in connection with a fatal drive-by shooting that happened in May in DeKalb County. According to reports from other media, the drive-by shooting occurred near the intersection of Old Covington Highway and Panola Road where Anthony Scott Carter was fatally shot while at a red light. Reportedly Nyepah and three others were involved in the crime.

Nyepah was out of jail on bond, according to the news release.

In the Georgia's Own Credit Union robbery, two masked men entered the bank with handguns and ordered everyone to the ground. The robbers made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and ran down Sigman Road where they were picked up by an unidentified suspect in a silver Mercury Marquis. Thanks to tips from a husband and wife who followed the car, officers found the getaway vehicle abandoned behind a warehouse.

While on foot, Francis reportedly knocked on residence doors in the Windridge subdivision, which is behind the warehouse, and asked residents to call 911. Francis reportedly told one resident that his vehicle was carjacked and was part of a robbery. He later confessed to being one of the gunmen in the bank robbery, according to police.

Nyepah turned himself in to authorities on Monday.

Police detectives are still looking for the driver of the getaway vehicle.

The FBI is assisting in the investigation.