ATLANTA METRO AREA OCT. 25, 2007
Retirement costs must be going up faster than we think.
Police say a man who appears to be his 50s or 60s strolled into a SunTrust Bank in Suwanee at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, a handgun in his waistband, and slipped a note demanding money to a teller.
“He looks like a grandpa,” said Capt. Clyde Byers, spokeswoman for the Suwanee Police Department. “What is somebody his age out doing this for? He’s supposed to be in retirement. He’s supposed to be fishing.”
The man left after receiving an undisclosed sum of money from the bank, on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road in northern Gwinnett County, Byers said.
Investigators hope someone recognizes the suspect.
“If he’s from anywhere in metro Atlanta,” Byers said, “somebody’s gonna look up and say ‘Hey, that’s Uncle John!”
Anyone with information on the identity of the robber is asked to contact the Suwanee Police Department at 770-945-8995.
Decatur man was in jail without bond Monday after police said he tried to rob customers at a drive-thru ATM in Lawrenceville.
Abdul Shaheen El-Amin, 31, confronted a man and woman who drove up to the ATM at the Bank of America at 2800 Lawrenceville Suwanee Road on Saturday night, said Cpl. Illana Spellman, spokeswoman for the Gwinnett County Police Department. When El-Amin pulled out a gun and pointed it at the two people, a police officer intervened and shot the suspect in the arm, said Spellman. Authorities said the bank was already under police surveillance.
El-Amin ran into the woods behind the bank, but a tracking dog helped officers locate and arrest him a short time later. El-Amin was treated for his injury and released Sunday from Gwinnett Medical Center. He was being held without bond Monday on one count of armed robbery at the Gwinnett County Detention Center.
Spellman said members of the Gwinnett County Robbery Task Force had the Bank of America branch under surveillance because there had been four prior reports of armed robberies in the area. Investigators had predicted with 98 percent certainty that another robbery would occur at that bank location by Sunday using statistical analysis, said Spellman.
The officer who shot the suspect will be placed on routine administrative leave, according to a news release.
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