CONYERS -- The owners of a dry cleaners where held up at gunpoint Saturday afternoon and robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash.
The Conyers Police Department is looking for two black males who came in the back door of Plaza Cleaners at 1815 Ga. Highway 138 at about 2:15 p.m. Saturday and demanded cash from the husband and wife in their 50s who own and operate the business.
According to the incident report, the two suspects, both armed with semi-automatic handguns, first demanded the money from the cash register. When the wife handed over the cash, the suspects demanded more money, and the husband opened his wallet and they took the money inside.
On the way out the suspects reportedly asked to use the restroom, but the wife, who was very shaken, asked that they leave them alone. The suspects left through the back door, closing it behind them.
Both suspects are believed to be in their late 20s or early 30s. One was described as having a slender build, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, and light-skinned, possibly biracial -- Hispanic and black. He had short hair and was wearing a black hat and a black sleeveless shirt. The second suspect was described as having an average build, 5 feet, 5 inches tall, and dark-skinned. He also had short hair and was wearing a green shirt. Both suspects wore sports-styled sunglasses.
In other police news, two men were charged with aggravated assault after another man was shot in the chest.
Police were called last Tuesday morning at about 6:30 to an Overlook Way residence where they found a 32-year-old man with a gunshot wound lying on the living room floor. A woman was kneeling beside him holding a towel to his chest.
The woman, who lives at the Overlook Way residence with the victim, said that her youngest child's father, Jose Morales-Garcia, 27, of an unknown address, and Freddy Mendoza, 28, of 13 East Mocking Bird Lane, Lawrenceville, entered the house through the front door. The woman told police that Garcia opened fire on the victim with a black handgun. She said the victim ran to the kitchen with Garcia following and firing shots.
The victim fell to the floor in the kitchen, according to the woman, and Garcia walked up to him and fired another shot at him.
Garcia and Mendoza allegedly fled in a teal green station wagon. They were stopped by a Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputy in front of Heritage Hills Baptist Church and were subsequently turned over to the Conyers Police Department.
National EMS was called to the house where EMTs found that the victim had been shot once in the left side of his chest, about 6 inches below his armpit.
Police found four bullet holes in the kitchen area -- in the door frame, baseboard, wall and floor.
Garcia was charged with aggravated assault and remained in the Rockdale County Jail as of Monday. Mendoza was charged with aggravated assault and willful obstruction of law enforcement officers. He was released on bond after three days in jail.