LAWRENCEVILLE - Sheriff's department deputies Wednesday arrested a 20-year-old Lawrenceville man wanted in connection with at least two armed robberies in Lawrenceville.
Stacey Bourbonnais, Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman, said Anthony Andrew Yancey of the Norwood Apartments was arrested near Carver Circle in Lawrenceville and faces multiple charges, including two counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.
Yancey is believed to have used a gun in the attempt to rob four Hispanic men March 23 at their homes on Forest Place in Lawrenceville.
At 11:36 p.m., a man believed to be Yancey approached a man walking along Forest Place and demanded his money, according to a police report.
The same night Yancey allegedly robbed three other Hispanic men in the neighborhood and fired shots at one of them, but his gun misfired.
During the past weeks, investigators discovered Yancey often hung out in the Carver
Circle area of downtown Lawrenceville, Bourbonnais said.
"Our SWAT team arrested Yancey after a brief foot chase," Bourbonnais said. "The Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Lawrenceville Police Department also assisted us in the arrest."
Yancey was also charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, Bourbonnais said.
Two others were also arrested at the same time as Yancey, but Bourbonnais said investigators do not believe the two are connected to last month's robberies. They believe the two were friends of Yancey who happened to be with him at the time of the arrest.
Jennifer Wise, also known as Jennifer Hosch, 24, of 379 Shoal Court, and Richard Diamond Smith, 47, of 298 Carver Circle, were arrested and charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
Bourbonnais said Yancey has been incarcerated at the Gwinnett County Jail before. The Lawrenceville man was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana in May.
Wise and Smith have also been arrested before. Bourbonnais said Wise's jail history goes back to 2000 with incarcerations in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005. Wise faced fraud-related charges, violation of probation and two counts of shoplifting.
Smith was arrested in 1998, 1999 and 2001 on drug-related charges and public drunkenness.
All three are being held at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.