A cellphone tracking program may have helped police capture two men accused of robbing a Buford Waffle House.
According to a Gwinnett County police incident report, two employees at the Waffle House on Hamilton Mill Road were smoking cigarettes sometime before 4:45 a.m. Wednesday when they noticed a pair of black males walk to the back of the restaurant.Thinking the men were “just walking through,” the employees went back inside.
A few minutes later, one of the employees was taking trash out when he saw the same males holding guns and a bolt cutter.
“(The victim) attempted to close the door but the males stuck the bolt cutters in the door to prevent it from closing,” police said.
Once inside the restaurant, the suspects — later identified as Michael Alexander Carthan and Quisean Davion Craig — pointed their guns at the employees, demanding their money and the money in the register. One of the victims handed over his cellphone while the other surrendered a pair of gift cards and $40 cash.
Carthan and Craig allegedly forced one employee to open the register and “unsuccessfully tried to cut the lock off of the door that leads to the office and the safe.”
Both suspects fled on foot.
The employee whose cellphone was stolen told responding police officers that he had a tracking service on it, then called his wife to activate it.
According to the incident report, that showed his phone was at 2195 Satellite Blvd. in Duluth. Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said he couldn’t comment on if that led officers directly to the suspects, though the address listed on Carthan’s booking sheet is nearby.
“I can’t say anything about that beyond what is mentioned in that report,” Smith said, “but it does appear that the phone’s tracking software was used.”
Gwinnett County jail records show Craig was arrested Wednesday on four counts of armed robbery. A Gwinnett County Public Schools spokesman said that Craig is a local student but could not confirm that he attends Peachtree Ridge High School, which his booking information suggests.
Carthan was booked into the Gwinnett County jail on Thursday.
Both suspects are being held without bond.