LAWRENCEVILLE — It didn’t take long for Gwinnett County police to track down the man accused of robbing a Lilburn bank Saturday morning. The trail of money probably didn’t hurt.
At about 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Gwinnett police officers reportedly learned that 32-year-old Jason Anthony Mitchell had robbed the PNC Bank at 494 Indian Trail-Lilburn Road just a few minutes earlier. They also learned that the suspect was believed to be in the area of Brays Mill Trace and Bromolow Trail in unincorporated Lawrenceville.
“Officers converged on the area and located a person matching the suspect description leaning inside of a car,” GCPD spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said. “The suspect noticed one of the officers approaching him and stood up. The officer told him to stay where he was but he refused to comply and began walking toward a house as if he lived there.”
Mitchell reportedly began to run, “leaving a trail of money behind.” He was eventually chased down, Tasered and taken into custody, Ritter said.
According to a Lilburn Police Department incident report, Mitchell entered the bank and passed a note to a teller.
“Don’t make a sound,” it reportedly read, “give me all the money in your drawer and nobody will get hurt. I have a gun.”
The teller told police she gave the suspect a bag of money — as well as a GPS pack.
Gwinnett County jail records showed Mitchell is being held without bond on charges of armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, criminal trespass and probation violation.
“I am very pleased with the response from not only our agency but from our neighboring law enforcement officials as well,” Lilburn Police Chief Bruce Hedley said. “By sharing valuable time-sensitive information law enforcement officers were able to quickly apprehend a very dangerous bank robber and take him into custody. I am equally as pleased this suspect will no longer be a threat to our community.”