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Brothers charged in armed robbery of flea market store owner

Ralph Meadows

Ralph Meadows

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Raymond Meadows

Thanks to tips from the public, a pair of brothers has been arrested in the stalking and armed robbery of a Suwanee business owner.

Raymond and Ralph Meadows, 40 and 41 years old, respectively, were arrested earlier this week at their home in Athens. Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said authorities believe they’re the men responsible for following a Suwanee man home from the Pendergrass Flea Market on Nov. 16 before robbing him at gunpoint, firing shots into the floorboard of his car.

After releasing surveillance photos of the suspects, who visited the victim’s Zone Electronics store prior to the robbery, detectives got “multiple tips” regarding their identities. Authorities also pulled a partial tag number from the black Kia Forte used in the crime and later tied it to a vehicle rented out by Ralph Meadows, Smith said.

GCPD robbery detectives and the Athens-Clarke County SWAT team executed a search warrant Monday at the Meadows’ home and took the brothers into custody without incident. Jail records show they are being held at the Gwinnett County jail without bond.

Both were charged with armed robbery, while Ralph Meadows was also charged with aggravated assault. Authorities believe he is the suspect who fired a shotgun during the incident.

On the day of the robbery, the Meadows brothers allegedly visited the victim’s store multiple times. When the owner closed up shop around 5 p.m., police believe they followed.

The victim pulled into his driveway in unincorporated Suwanee and was immediately confronted.

“The suspect demanded money, which the victim provided,” Smith said at the time. “The suspect was not satisfied with the amount. He demanded more money and fired a shot into the floorboard of the victim’s vehicle.”