1 suspect caught, 2 remain on lam in bank robbery

Jamar Terrell

Jamar Terrell


Thomas Birdsong


Marcus Rutledge

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County police have arrested one man they believe responsible for a Lawrenceville bank robbery, but are asking the public for help tracking down two more suspects.

Police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said Thursday that 26-year-old Jamar Rasheed Terrell had been arrested and charged in the Dec. 28 armed robbery of the Wells Fargo branch at 3065 Lawrenceville Highway.

Two men, both with criminal records, had been identified as suspects but remained on the lam as of Thursday afternoon, Smith said.

Warrants have been issued for Marcus "Bankhead" Rutledge, 24, and Thomas "T-Bird" Birdsong, 41, in connection with the robbery. Department of Corrections records show Rutledge had been in and out of prison for the last five years, on Fulton County convictions including robbery by force and battery. Birdsong spent the first half of the '90s in prison on armed robbery charges out of DeKalb County.

Gwinnett County police released mug shots of both suspects on Thursday.

The Lawrenceville bank was robbed last week when authorities now say Terrell and Rutledge -- one with a shotgun, the other with a handgun -- entered with masks on and forced employees to fill a bag with just over $12,000 in cash and checks. They fled first in a silver Pontiac Grand Prix before forcing police officers to unsuccessfully chase them on foot.

While the suspects were not initially found, the Grand Prix was -- along with the weapons allegedly used in the crime, all but about $1,800 of the stolen loot and information to tie it to Terrell, Smith said.

Terrell was found, questioned and arrested the day after the robbery.

It was later determined that Rutledge physically participated in the robbery while Birdsong acted as a lookout in a second vehicle, described as a silver 1992 Honda Accord, Smith said. Neither man nor the Honda have been found.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Rutledge, Birdsong or the Honda Accord is asked to contact robbery unit detectives at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-557-TIPS. Anyone encountering the suspects should call 911.