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Mother, 20, implicated in robbery spree

NORCROSS - Police say a 20-year-old Decatur woman acted as the getaway driver in six armed robberies near Norcross since late August.

Tiffany Denise Solomon faces nine counts of armed robbery - one for each victim - for her alleged role in a string of stick-ups against Hispanic residents in southwestern Gwinnett.

Solomon's involvement in the robbery spree began Aug. 19 on Jimmy Carter Boulevard and lasted nearly a month, involving up to three victims at a time, police say.

Solomon, who is unemployed, provides support to her 1-year-old child, according to her arrest warrant. She remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond following her Tuesday arrest.

The robbing crew is said to have lifted items such as cell phones, wallets, house keys and cash before Solomon would taxi them away in a black Nissan, authorities said.

During one incident on Sept. 2, a two-man crew robbed three men at an apartment complex on East National Circle. One of the men fought back, grabbing the robber's pistol, and the group sped away. The incident was captured on video surveillance, according to a Gwinnett police report.

Police say the immigrant community, and especially Hispanics, is targeted because its residents are known to carry cash and balk at calling police, often fearful of deportation.

Earlier this year, Gwinnett police delivered safety tips via fliers in both English and Spanish to residents and apartment complex managers in the westside precinct, an area that includes most of unincorporated Norcross.

The fliers discouraged residents from carrying cash, walking alone or loitering in dark parking lots.

A detective familiar with the case could not be reached Thursday. It's unclear if any other arrests have resulted from the investigation.