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All 3 Gwinnett bank robbery suspects now detained

LAWRENCEVILLE -- All three suspects in a Dec. 28 bank robbery in Lawrenceville have now been detained.

Gwinnett County Detention Center records show Marcus "Bankhead" Rutledge, 24, of Lawrenceville was arrested Tuesday and charged with armed robbery. He was the third and final suspect believed responsible for the Dec. 28 stick-up at the Wells Fargo branch at 3065 Lawrenceville Highway.

Rutledge was located Tuesday at a Stone Mountain apartment and taken into custody by a team of Gwinnett County police detectives, FBI agents and the Gwinnett sheriff's office's fugitive unit. The arrest took place without incident, police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said.

Rutledge now joins his two alleged co-conspirators in jail.

Thomas "T-Bird" Birdsong, the alleged getaway driver, turned himself in Jan. 3 "following the media coverage this case received," Smith said. The original arrest of 26-year-old Jamar Terrell occurred shortly after the robbery.

Police believe Terrell and Rutledge -- the former armed with a handgun, the latter with a shotgun -- entered the Lawrenceville bank at about 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 28, forcing employees to fill a bag with about $12,000 in cash and checks and fleeing in a Pontiac Grand Prix.

Responding police officers eventually chased them on foot as well. While the suspects were not detained, the Grand Prix, which was later tied to Terrell, was recovered, along with the weapons and all but about $1,800 of the stolen loot.

Birdsong, a Decatur resident, is believed to have acted as a lookout in a second vehicle.

All three men are being held without bond.