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LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville man and three alleged conspirators are in Gwinnett County Jail after officials said they robbed his female cousin at gunpoint before leading police officers on a high-speed chase.
Three men reportedly entered the Village Way home of the victim just after midnight on June 7, brandishing a .38-caliber handgun with the intent of "stealing the marijuana that was inside the residence," police reports said.
After they left -- making out with marijuana and the victim's purse -- a Lawrenceville police officer was able to pick out the alleged getaway vehicle as it crossed Winder Highway. The officer initiated a traffic stop, during which the blue Chevy Impala reportedly pulled over briefly before fleeing.
"After inching forward for a few minutes," the responding officer wrote, "the driver accelerated the vehicle and began actively fleeing from me."
During the subsequent pursuit, the vehicle allegedly reached speeds of 85 mph before an errant turn near the intersection of Ga. Highway 120 and Old Norcross Road sent it skidding over a curb and through a road sign, finally stopping in a gas station parking lot.
With the help of Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department K-9 units, officers were able to detain all four men from the vehicle after they fled on foot.
Brought to the scene, the victims positively ID'd 21-year-old Brenton Dennis of Atlanta, 18-year-old Darryl Byrd of Atlanta and 18-year-old Shelton Robinson of Decatur as the three men that entered their apartment.
It was the fourth suspect, alleged getaway driver Demond Dennis, 21, of Lawrenceville, that puzzled one victim, however -- she identified him as her cousin.
All four men were arrested on multiple felony charges, including armed robbery, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, burglary and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.
Gwinnett County Jail records show the suspects are being held without bond.