Cops nab duo suspected in four bank robberies

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County police have charged a duo believed to be responsible for at least four bank robberies in the metro Atlanta area.

Henry Lee Johnson, 20, and Ebanga Asuamah, 27, were both arrested Sunday, officials announced Wednesday. They have been charged in Gwinnett with two counts of armed robbery apiece for their alleged crimes at banks in Lilburn and Norcross, and are likely to face further charges from Dunwoody Police, Sandy Springs Police and the FBI.

Johnson and Asuamah hit their first bank on Aug. 5, one of the suspects entering a Wells Fargo Bank on Killian Hill Road in Lilburn with a purple head scarf and a handgun, Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said.

He obtained about $10,000 in cash from that robbery before fleeing the scene in a vehicle, Smith said.

The duo then allegedly robbed banks in Dunwoody and Sandy Springs in September. After those incidents, Gwinnett investigators began coordinating efforts with the FBI and polices forces from those two cities, Smith said.

On Nov. 22, the suspects reportedly robbed the SunTrust bank at 5950 Jimmy Carter Blvd. in Norcross. The gunman in that robbery jumped on the counter and threatened a teller, Smith said.

Once detectives were led to Johnson as a potential suspect, an investigation into Asuamah's involvement began, Smith said. The duo had been arrested together on unrelated charges in Dunwoody earlier this year.