Richmond Hill police and some alert residents apprehended a Savannah teen April 28 near the intersection of Highway 17 and Ford Avenue. The teen has since been charged as an adult after he allegedly robbed and critically injured a woman.
The RHPD Facebook page says police were alerted by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department officers that the suspect was in a white Cadillac sedan driving south on Highway 17 toward Richmond Hill.
When Richmond Hill police stopped the vehicle on Ford Avenue in front of Walgreens, the driver stayed inside, but the suspect ran.
Police said officers chased the suspect through the parking lot of the U.S. Post Office and into some woods, where the man was confronted by residents and gave up.
“We would like to thank everyone for their understanding,” the post said. “We know that the normal heavy traffic in that area was exacerbated by this incident. We would also like to thank the three citizens who helped cut the suspect off as he ran through the woods. Our citizens are the best!!”
Police also said that “excellent communication and response” between responding officers and Bryan County dispatch “led to the successful capture of some dangerous people without serious incident.”
According to SCMPD, the suspect entered the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens shortly after 5 p.m. April 28. Savannah police said the teen had gone there before after damaging property. When an employee tried to take a picture of the suspect with her phone, police say he grabbed her phone and fled, then struck her with an object when she tried to follow him.
SCMPD reported that another employee followed the suspect to a nearby store, where he entered the vehicle. The employee called 911 and Metro police alerted Richmond Hill police.
The 16-year-old has been charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, criminal attempt at murder, second-degree criminal damage to property and aggravated battery, according to Savannah police.