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Police: Teenagers linked to violent robbery rampage

LAWRENCEVILLE - A teenage robbing crew caught violently pillaging a Chinese restaurant in Winder has been charged in similar crimes across the northeastern rim of Gwinnett County, police said Wednesday.

The suspects - Kenneth Ketcham and Maurice Bonar, both age 17 from Auburn, Donavan Green, 17, of Lawrenceville, Jonathan Manning, 18, of Dacula, and an unnamed juvenile - were arrested March 6 when police reportedly trailed them to a shopping center eatery and caught them robbing it with guns and a baseball bat.

One suspect, Ketcham, was shot in the shoulder by an officer as he exited the building.

Gwinnett police have linked the same crew to four restaurant and gas station heists this year, authorities said. All five suspects face additional armed robbery and aggravated assault charges for stick-ups that occurred on:

· Feb. 7 at Great China, 5885 Cumming Highway, Buford;

· Feb. 22 at a Domino's, 465 Dacula Road, Dacula;

· March 2 at Exxon gas station, 475 Dacula Road, Dacula.

Additionally, Manning, Green and Bonar are charged with a Feb. 6 armed robbery at China Café at 1911 Ga. Highway 20, Grayson.

In at least two robberies, the masked teens attacked restaurant workers near closing time with a baseball bat and guns drawn, police said.

The officer who shot Ketcham has returned to regular duty following an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, said Cpl. David Schiralli, Gwinnett police spokesman.

Schiralli was unsure when the teens will be transported to Gwinnett for prosecution. They remain at the Barrow County Detention Center without bond.

Further charges against the teens could be lodged by other police agencies investigating similar robberies in Gwinnett.