Police: AK-47 bandit in custody

LAWRENCEVILLE - Thanks to a tip, police have in custody an alleged AK-47-wielding robber who allegedly hit a Suwanee gas station on Christmas Eve, authorities said.

Steven Everett Sanders, 21, of Lawrenceville, faces charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department deputies, accompanied by the department's SWAT team, arrested Sanders at a friend's Sugarloaf Parkway apartment Monday after investigators received word he was holed up there, authorities said. He surrendered without incident.

Police believe Sanders robbed a BP Connect gas station at 2890 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road using the assault rifle, said Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais.

Sanders allegedly left with about $400 in cash. He remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.