Three teens tied
to robbery at American Legion

WINDER - Police have arrested three Winder teens in connection with an armed robbery at an American Legion Post.

The trio held up American Legion Post 509 on Capital Avenue in Winder on Friday but were apprehended only blocks from the scene, authorities said.

Police said two of the suspects entered the establishment wearing masks, brandishing "an older-looking gun" and demanding money about 4:30 p.m. A Legion employee complied, and the teens fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, said Winder police spokesman Capt. Dennis Dorsey.

"(The employee) observed the two black males had joined with a third black male running south," Dorsey said.

A Winder police officer in the area spotted the teens and detained them on nearby Midland Avenue. The robbery victim later identified all three, Dorsey said.

The suspects apparently left little room for doubt.

"As (the officer) was talking to the suspects, he noticed a ski mask hanging out of one of the suspect's front pockets," Dorsey said.

Police charged Jamarcus Watson, Donterio Butler, both 17, and Jamarcus Smith, 18, with a single count of armed robbery. Smith faces an additional charge for possessing marijuana upon his arrest, police said.

All three suspects remained in the Barrow County Jail on Monday. Over the weekend a judge set a $25,000 bond amount for Watson and Butler and $26,000 for Smith, according to jail officials.