Police arrest suspected serial robber wanted in two counties - CBS46 News

Police arrest suspected serial robber wanted in two counties

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Armed robbery suspect Johnny Collins Armed robbery suspect Johnny Collins
STOCKBRIDGE, GA (CBS46) -

Police arrested a man in connection with robberies in which pepper spray was used.

Johnny Collins is sitting in the Henry County Jail after he was arrested and charged with armed robbery.

Henry and Rockdale County investigators said Collins is one of the suspects in a surveillance photo taken the day a BP Food Mart in Rockdale County was robbed.

Collins, 37, was arrested around 3:20 p.m. Wednesday.

"I'm just glad they caught him you know," said Matt Barton.

Barton said he nearly came face-to-face with the robbers that night. He said he was pumping gas and talking to the woman who worked the next shift shortly before she was attacked.

"I talked to her for a couple of minutes and I said go on and lock the door. As soon as I left, she walked over to the front door and before she got to the door they maced her and threw her to the ground," Barton said.

Investigators said Collins also hit another Rockdale County convenience store and he, along with another person, are suspects in at least two other armed robberies in Henry County.

Detectives said although the bad guys have been armed with a machete or a bat in each case, they have only used mace or pepper spray to attack their victims.

"It's a good thing that they didn't get more violent because it wouldn't end up good," Barton said.

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