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Conyers police arrest two bank robbery suspects

Photo by Erin Evans
Conyers Police arrested two men Friday morning in connection with a robbery of the Wells Fargo bank branch on Dogwood Drive, near Ga. Highway 138. The arrests were made following a foot chase from the bank.

Photo by Erin Evans Conyers Police arrested two men Friday morning in connection with a robbery of the Wells Fargo bank branch on Dogwood Drive, near Ga. Highway 138. The arrests were made following a foot chase from the bank.

CONYERS — Conyers Police arrested two men Friday in connection with an armed robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank branch on Dogwood Drive, near Ga. Highway 138.

The arrested were Michael Odle, 36, of Covington and Daniel Honzu, 30, of Conyers. Both men were in custody within 20 minutes of the first call to police, according to Conyers Police Lt. Jackie Dunn.

“The officer was able to apprehend one suspect at gunpoint as they got out of the car,” Dunn said. “With the other suspect it was a matter of setting the perimeter and squeezing in on him.”

Odle was identified by police as the alleged gunman. He was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and obstruction of law enforcement. Honzu was charged with being a party to an armed robbery and aggravated assault.

The armed robbery occurred at 11 a.m. at the bank branch. Dunn said one man walked in wearing a mask and carrying a handgun. He threatened bank employees and customers and demanded money. Witnesses said the man then left, ran behind the Home Depot and jumped into a waiting car. The car then traveled east onto Old Covington Highway.

A Conyers policewoman was driving westbound on Old Covington Highway as she responded to the armed robbery and passed the suspects’ car. When she turned back, the suspects’ car drove into a nearby parking lot and two men got out and ran, Dunn said.

”The subjects ditched their vehicle and it turned into a foot chase,” Dunn said.

A search perimeter was set up almost immediately after the call came in along Old Covington Highway, Sigman Road and toward Gees Mill Road. The arrests were made a short time after the first report of the robbery.

“The officer was able to apprehend one suspect at gunpoint as they got out of the car,” Dunn said. “With the other suspect it was a matter of setting the perimeter and squeezing in on him.”

Dunn did not have a description of the gun allegedly used in the robbery. “I can say there was an abundance of evidence we had,” he said. “As the officer was following the suspects, they were throwing items out of the windows.”

Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted in the search. A helicopter from DeKalb County Police and tracking dogs from Newton County Sheriff’s Office were en route to help, but were called off after the arrests were made, Dunn said.

Friday’s incident was the fourth time where Conyers Police apprehended bank robbery suspects who were attempting to flee. CPD also apprehended suspects last month fleeing from a bank robbery in Newton County.

Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson said he was proud of his department and hoped the message will get out to criminals thinking of targeting Conyers or Rockdale County. He noted arrests made here were able to help law enforcement elsewhere to solve similar cases.

“These are pretty good numbers,” he said. “With these arrests somewhere in the neighborhood of 12 to 15 bank robberies have been cleared up in the region.”

Odle and Honzu were taken to the Rockdale County Jail and remained in custody awaiting a bond.

Comments

BUBBA 3 years ago

we need to have the local news TV run a story every time we have something like this come up in the county to let all in the metro area know we arrest / convict / or run over all criminals coming here to take advantage of OUR county. And if you live here and do these kind of things SHAME ON YOU . Our judges should no mater the case impose max sentence in every crime commited like this

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Sundance 2 years, 12 months ago

I agree. I almost wish one of the robbers would have gotten shot too. The criminal community has targeted Conyers banks and stores. It does look like CPD is getting better at responding to theses robberies. I have been worried over the past few months that our police were just being apathetic and not really giving it everything to stop all of these robberies. Things are looking up a little though. We are getting some momentum. But you are right about the PR. I wish we could get the word out about this and the one who was run over by Cheif Wilson. I also like the maximum sentence idea.

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