SNELLVILLE - Police believe they have caught two Decatur residents believed to have robbed the RBC Centura Bank in Suwanee on Monday.
Suwanee Police Department spokesman Capt. Clyde Byers said Michael Muse, 29, and 22-year-old Tracey Nicole Williams were arrested near Pleasantdale Road in DeKalb County.
Byers said a masked man believed to be Muse entered the bank at 3151 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road about 12:30 p.m., demanding money at gunpoint from bank employees.
Byers said Muse fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of money, getting into a white Mitsubishi police said was driven by Williams.
"Usually in these robberies the tellers don't have huge amounts of money, only a couple thousand maybe," Byers said.
An off-duty bank employee pulling into the bank's parking lot thought the vehicle and activity at the bank were suspicious, Byers said, and the employee followed the vehicle.
Byers said Suwanee police, assisted by Gwinnett County police, caught up with Muse and Williams as they traveled south on Interstate 85.
"(Muse and Williams) wrecked their vehicle shortly after exiting the highway at Pleasantdale Road," Byers said.
DeKalb County police helped Suwanee and Gwinnett County police catch the alleged robbers about 1:30 p.m. after they fled on foot from the wreckage, Byers said.
Byers expects the Federal Bureau of Investigation to take over the investigation. Byers said if convicted the two could face up to 10 years in prison.
"The good thing is that when the (FBI) takes over," Byers said. "It's good if they can take a criminal act to federal court because there's a better chance they'll serve the majority of their sentence."
Byers said he was not sure if Muse or Williams had been arrested in Gwinnett County before, if they are suspected in any other bank robberies in the county, or the relationship between the two.
"It's always a possibility that they've robbed before, but we always hope we catch them on their first one," Byers said.