ALBANY Suspected armed robber De’Angelo Montrez Wallace, 20, of Albany was caught on the Darton College campus by college and Dougherty County Police Department officers, a county police investigator said.
"Darton College officers spotted him on campus and called us," said Chad Kirkpatrick, county police investigator. "He is not a student and was taken into custody at about 3:30 (p.m. Tuesday) without incident. He was not armed."
Charged with two counts possession of a firearm during the course of a crime, two couts armed robbery and probation violation, Wallace is in Dougherty County Jail, with no bail, a jail spokeswoman said.
Wallace was wanted as the gunman in a Saturday armed robbery of the Pitt Stop convenience store on Sylvester Road, Kirkpatrick said.
“At about 4:30 Saturday afternoon, two men went in the Pitt Stop, showed a gun and demanded money,” Kirkpatrick said. “Through the investigation, we identified Wallace as the man with the handgun.”
The gunman identified by police as Wallace was wearing red and holding a handgun, and had a bagman with him, a video surveillance tape showed. The bagman took an undetermined amount of cash from the clerk, placed it into an over-the-shoulder bag and the two men ran from the store, according to the video images.
Before the robbers entered the store, a young man bought a beer from the clerk, the video showed. That man left the store and made a couple gestures with his arms that could have signaled the robbers, Kirkpatrick said.
“It looks like he was gesturing OK to go on in,” Kirkpatrick said. “We’d like to talk to him.”
Another man investigators have scheduled an interview with was the driver of a red pickup truck that pulled into the Pitt Stop parking lot just after the robbery. The gunman pointed his handgun at the driver when the robbers ran past the truck’s parking spot.
“He is a witness we’d like to talk to,” Kirkpatrick said. “He is also a victim because Wallace pointed a gun at him.”
His name was not released.
The Pitt Stop has been robbed before. On Dec. 21, 2010, Dougherty County Police Lt. Cliff Rouse was killed in the line of duty while tracking an armed robber from the convenience store.
Police would like the community’s help in locating the other suspected robbers.
Anyone with additional information should call DCPD at (229) 430-6600 or Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477). The Spanish language APD-COP Tip Line is (229) 434-2677.
Crime Stoppers is an anonymous tipline. People with information could become eligible for cash rewards.