Man Arrested for Virginia Drive Armed Robbery

An Eastanollee man is charged with armed robbery after an incident last month in Stephens County.

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said it started when deputies received a call about a reported armed robbery during the early morning hours of May 25 at a Virginia Drive residence.

“The suspect broke into the house and had a laser attached to the weapon and was demanding money and the victim in the case got out of bed and walked toward the suspect and hit the object and that is when he knew it was a gun,” said Shirley.

Shirley said the suspect then picked up a 20-inch black Mongoose BMX bicycle and ran out of the home with it.

According to the sheriff, the victim followed the suspect, but lost sight of him outside.

However, the sheriff said the victim was able to describe the suspect to investigators.

Shirley said investigators then interviewed neighbors and found a male matching the victim’s description had left a residence nearby just before the armed robbery was reported and headed in the direction of that reported armed robbery.

The sheriff said the investigation continued from there during the ongoing days.

“We ran down some leads and found multiple witnesses that gave a description of the gun only people who knew about the gun would know and we were able to interview a witness that sold the gun to the suspect,” said Shirley.

Shirley said the investigation led his office to 17-year-old Joshua Lafarr Arthur of Howard Road in Eastanollee.

The sheriff said witnesses also told investigators Arthur had bragged about the armed robbery.

The Sheriff’s Office arrested Arthur last Wednesday and charged him with Armed Robbery.