K-9 nabs wanted man
Police: 35-year-old fled cops in a stolen car

LAWRENCEVILLE - A wanted 35-year-old man with a history of violent behavior is in custody after a brief manhunt Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Robert Michael Benton, who police believe was in possession of a stolen car, ran from Lawrenceville authorities when he was pulled over in the vehicle in the Russell Plantation subdivision sometime after 12:15 p.m., Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said.

Benton - also wanted by authorities on a parole violation - was nabbed about 3:45 p.m. in the immediate area with the help of a police K-9 unit, Schiralli said. He was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center with minor injuries.

Gwinnett police charged Benton with felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer, Schiralli said. Additional charges will be forthcoming.

Benton's criminal record includes several weapon and drug charges, authorities said.

The incident unfolded when Lawrenceville police responded to a house in the 330 block of Russell Road to locate a possible stolen vehicle.

When officers approached the house, they spotted a "large amount" of alleged stolen auto parts and delayed making contact with the occupants so they could obtain a search warrant, Schiralli said. At some point, officers spotted Benton leaving the house in the alleged stolen vehicle and pulled him over. That's when he darted out of the car, prompting Gwinnett SWAT to be dispatched.

Benton was later located in a nearby wooded area and was taken down by a Gwinnett K-9 unit after he resisted arrest.

Authorities attempted to box-in Benton by blocking off a short stretch of Russell Road and Laurel Ridge Drive. There were no major traffic delays.

Schiralli said residents in the area received a reverse 911 call to inform them of the incident, but said "no one was in any danger."