Arrest made in armed robbery at Perry car wash

bpurser@macon.comApril 14, 2014 

Earnest Robinson

A 911 tip and short police chase early Monday resulted in the arrest of a man accused of an armed robbery last week outside a car wash.

Earnest Gene Robinson, 48, of Tampa, Fla., was arrested after he failed to make the curve at Park Avenue and Parkway Drive during a 3:11 a.m. chase and wrecked, Perry police Capt. Heath Dykes said.

Earlier, a Houston County sheriff’s 911 operator received a tip that a suspect in a robbery was spotted driving down James Street. When police attempted to pull the vehicle over, the driver, later identified as Robinson, took off and a chase ensued, Dykes said.

Robinson crashed into a baseball fence near Perry High School, taking some of the fence with him, Dykes said. Robinson then fled on foot into a nearby wooded area. A Perry police tracking dog caught up with him shortly afterward, and he was arrested.

After police interviewed Robinson, he was charged in connection with 1 p.m. Wednesday robbery of a 64-year-old man outside the Easy Clean Car Wash, 1308 Main St., Dykes said.

Robinson is accused of striking the man several times in the head with a handgun and taking off with his Dodge Dakota, cash and two firearms, Dykes said. The vehicle was found the same day abandoned nearby.

The stolen firearms were recovered Monday in the Suzuki Sidekick that Robinson crashed, Dykes said. Robinson is accused of stealing the vehicle from his South Carolina employer, Dykes said. Robinson also allegedly robbed his employer, Dykes said.

Robinson was in Perry earlier this year working for a company associated with a recreational vehicle rally at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, Dykes said. Robinson returned to South Carolina, allegedly robbed his boss there and then fled back to Perry, Dykes said.

Robinson was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, hijacking a motor vehicle, fleeing and attempting to elude, criminal damage to property, giving authorities a false name and misdemeanor obstruction, Houston County jail records show.

He was being held Monday without bond.

Anyone with related information is asked to contact Perry police Detective Tom Daly at 478-988-2848 or 478-988-2821.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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