Police identify suspect in Lilburn dollar-store robbery

LILBURN - Lilburn police have issued several felony arrest warrants for Oginga Kai Edwards, who they have identified as the suspect in the robbery of a Dollar General Store last week.

Police said Edwards has used several aliases, including Malik Edwards, Malik Jahid and Ira Gene Powell.

"He's obviously trying to hide his identity from authorities," said Lilburn police Sgt. Tyler Thomas.

Thomas said police believe Edwards is about 32 years old and from Louisiana. He cautioned that police consider Edwards "armed and very dangerous" and that he could still be in the Atlanta area.

A search on the Georgia Department of Corrections Web site for "Ira Gene Powell" revealed the suspect was previously incarcerated for a 1997 robbery in Fulton County. According to the Web site, he was jailed for five years and released in October 2002.

The robbery at the Dollar General occurred about 9 p.m. July 24 as workers began to close the discount store at 5570 Lawrenceville Highway. The robber, described as a heavyset black man wearing a Hawaiian-style shirt, entered the store and ordered the two workers to the back.

The man, who was reportedly armed with a small handgun, left the store with a small amount of cash.

After the robbery, television news stations broadcast images recorded by the store's video surveillance system. Police said this resulted in the identification of the suspect by an informant, who was granted anonymity.

Warrants issued for Edwards' arrest include charges of armed robbery, kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and obstructing persons from making emergency telephone calls.