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5 booked in soured drug deal, car chase

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville man's emergency call backfired Thursday when police discovered he was a drug dealer who'd just been ripped off, police said.

Arthur Jenkins, 36, reported that three armed robbers had burst in his home off Club Drive about 8 p.m. demanding money. Jenkins told police he was driving behind his attackers, who'd fled in a Chevy Tahoe, and that they were firing shots at him, police said.

Jenkins provided police with his direction of travel and the suspects' tag number, and responding officers quickly made an arrest, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli.

Police reportedly found a handgun and large quantities of marijuana and cocaine inside the Tahoe. They arrested all three men, along with a female accomplice, Schiralli said.

Upon further investigation, police learned the purpose of the robbers' visit to Jenkins' 3110 Dowry Drive home was drug-related. They charged Jenkins with possession marijuana with intent to distribute and aggravated assault, then transported him, along with his alleged assailants, to the Gwinnett County Jail.

Facing charges of armed robbery and marijuana possession are Cedric Thomas, 19, of Norcross, and Almasi King, 24, of Atlanta. The other suspects - Alvin Banks, 29, of Lithonia, and Courthey Dun, 25, of Marietta - face those charges plus additional counts of aggravated assault.

Additional charges are forthcoming against all suspects, Schiralli said. All remain jailed without bond.

Gwinnett police Chief Charles Walters commended the arresting officers' actions, saying in a prepared statement "there was a great possibility that innocent bystanders could have been injured" if not for the timely capture.