Two of the three suspects involved in Friday’s armed robbery of two UPS truck drivers in the back parking lot at the McDonald’s on Hwy. 17 were arrested later that same day, according to police.
Richmond Hill residents Keon Blige, 23, and Justin Oliver, 20, were arrested Friday and charged with two counts of armed robbery.
RHPD Lt. Mike Albritton, who headed the investigation, said video surveillance provided by the McDonald’s and the Knights Inn, where the three men were staying around the time of the holdup, played a big part in establishing the whereabouts of the alleged armed robbers.
He said he anticipates a forthcoming arrest of a third suspect, who he believes the identity of which has been established.
Albritton said the three suspects obtained two wallets in the robbery, containing credit cards and "a combined cash total of $64." All but the cash was recovered, according to Albritton.
He said the men could be seen on tape dumping the wallets in a garbage receptacle at the hotel. The footage also led them to a particular hotel room, which was approached by officers around 11 a.m. Friday.
Albritton said Blige was in the room and gave consent to search the premises. Cocaine was found in the room and Blige was arrested for possession. Upon interrogating Blige, Albritton said the two counts of armed robbery were filed against him.
Albritton said the hotel room was registered to a female guest who may face charges of harboring the suspects.
Further investigation led to the arrest of Oliver at around 6 p.m. that evening. Albritton said authorities established Oliver to be staying at a residence on Kelly Davis Drive, where Oliver was arrested after returning home from work.
Each of the three suspects were reportedly wielding automatic pistols during the crime. No weapons have been recovered as of yet.
The men were gone from the scene by the time RHPD initially arrived, but an officer spotted one armed suspect in the woods behind McDonald’s, according to Reynolds.
Reynolds said three shots were fired by the officer, but there are no injuries or arrests to report. He did not say why the officer opened fire. Albritton said the occurrence is part of the ongoing investigation.
Oliver was just arrested in December by the Bryan County Sheriff’s Department for another robbery charge. His other priors include drug charges, contempt of court and felony obstruction of an officer.
Blige has a rap sheet as well with prior drug and obstruction charges. Albritton said both Oliver and Blige have been linked to various local drug activity.
A single armed robbery charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years, but has been known to carry a life sentence in some instances.
RHPD Chief Billy Reynolds commended his officers for the quick arrest.
"We put all of our resources toward it and my men did an outstanding job. They stayed on it all day Friday and the end result was getting this case solved and getting what we suspect to be dangerous criminals off the street," he said.