January 8, 2013

Search for robbery suspects continues in Whitfield

Rachel Brown

— Authorities are still searching for two men they said got away with an undisclosed amount of cash from a convenience store on Antioch Road Monday evening. The owners said it was the second time the store had been robbed in two weeks.

Lt. Nancy Chadwick with the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office said the suspects, believed to be two Hispanic males who wore hoodies and had their faces partially covered, were still on the loose as of Tuesday afternoon.

Chadwick said the incident occurred around 8 p.m. Both men had guns, she said, and they demanded money from a female clerk.

The business, at 2510 Antioch Road, was named La Esquinita until current owner Silvia Avila and partner Maricela Barragan bought it in April and renamed it Avila. Monday marked the second time the women have been robbed. The first time, Avila said, was on Dec. 24. A black man came in, pushed a gun in Barragan’s face, and demanded money. She spoke little English, and when she didn’t understand his commands to stay down, he pushed her, Avila said. She said he took off with several thousand dollars the owners had collected from customers wanting to transfer it to their families out of the country for Christmas, and also several electronic items and some perfume.

On Monday, two Hispanic men carrying guns took off with all the cash in the store, Avila said. She said one of the men was short and wore green pants, a black jacket and a yellow shirt and had a revolver and brown skin. The other was light-skinned and taller, perhaps 5 feet, 6 inches, she said; and he wore blue jeans, a black jacket and a gray shirt. He wore white shoes with yellow tape on them, she said, and he had a pistol.

Avila said the robberies are scary, but she’s glad she and Barragan are OK.

“No one was injured, and if anyone has information they need to contact the sheriff’s office at (706) 278-3029,” Chadwick said.