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Police Charge Man with Robbery, Attempted Carjacking in Oakhurst

A DeKalb County man who reportedly robbed a Family Dollar store and then led Decatur Police on a foot chase has been arrested. He faces charges include robbery and attempted carjacking.

A DeKalb County man who reportedly robbed a Family Dollar store and then led Decatur Police on a foot chase has been arrested. File|Patch
A DeKalb County man who reportedly robbed a Family Dollar store and then led Decatur Police on a foot chase has been arrested. File|Patch

A DeKalb County man has been charged with robbing the Oakhurst Family Dollar store and then attempting to carjack a vehicle to get away from police in pursuit, according to the Decatur Police Department.

Officers were called to a robbery at the Oakhurst Family Dollar store about 9:17 a.m. Saturday. The suspect entered the store wearing jeans, a gray hoodie sweatshirt, red ski mask and sunglasses and walked behind the counter and demanded money. The suspect had one of his hands inside the pocket of his sweatshirt and it was unknown if he had a weapon. Authorities later learned the man had a screwdriver with him.

After taking about $100 from two registers, police say the suspect fled on foot toward Oakview Road. A cyclist in the area flagged down police and pointed them in the suspect’s direction. Officers chased the suspect over fences and through yards from Olympic Place to Mead Road to Feld Avenue before he was caught in a yard in the 200 block of Mead Road.

Before officers caught up to the suspect, a driver on Oakview Road at Ansley Street said the suspect approached his vehicle window and demanded the vehicle. Instead, the driver accelerated and fled the area.

Witnesses saw the suspect throw items onto an apartment roof after the robbery. Officers found the sunglasses and a screwdriver from the building, along with the cash the suspect was reportedly carrying.

The suspect, identified as Kenneth Hill, 22, from DeKalb County, was charged with robbery, criminal attempt to commit hijacking of a motor vehicle and three counts of obstruction of a law enforcement officer and held for an outstanding warrant out of DeKalb County Sheriff's Office for probation violation (original charge disorderly conduct).

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