LILBURN - Lilburn police on Wednesday arrested 18-year-old student Chaz Deandre Clark, who is believed to be responsible for a violent kidnapping and carjacking in Snellville and the armed robbery of a Lilburn convenience store.
Clark was in class at a school in DeKalb County when arrested, said Sgt. Tyler Thomas, spokesman for the Lilburn Police Department.
Both cases are being investigated by two separate jurisdictions - the Gwinnett County Police Department and the Lilburn Police Department - but Clark is believed to be the common denominator in these two incidents.
Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department, said comparing notes with Lilburn police prior to the arrest made the county's case stronger, as Clark was already a person of interest in the investigation of two Snellville abductions.
Meanwhile, Lilburn was investigating a series of armed robberies, including the incident at the Marathon convenience store.
Moloney said Clark is charged in Gwinnett County with felony highjacking of a motor vehicle for allegedly kidnapping and carjacking an individual at a Snellville apartment complex.
He is also suspected in the other abduction incident, but has not been formally charged.
In Lilburn, Clark is charged in with one count of armed robbery and one count of possession of a weapon in the commission of a crime for allegedly using a gun to rob the convenience store, said Sgt. Tyler Thomas, spokesman for the Lilburn Police Department.
Clark's description and alleged MO are similar to that of a suspect or suspects who committed other armed robberies in Lilburn, but all of the incidents are still under investigation, Thomas said.
"There will potentially be more charges coming down the pike, (but) we have to finish our investigation before we get to that point," Thomas said.