A stolen black sedan cruising through a red light on Riverside Drive led Bibb County deputies to bust the alleged “Buckhead baby stroller” armed robber.
Brandon Nicholas Lawson, 21, of Atlanta, was arrested at about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday.
Hours later, deputies learned they had captured a man allegedly videotaped with a woman and a baby in armed robbery surveillance images.
Bibb deputy David Morgan saw the 2002 Grand Prix run the light at Arkwright Road and pursued the car to Holiday Inn Drive, said Lt. Sean DeFoe, public information officer for the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.
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A young couple was trying to push the black sedan into the parking lot of the Baymont Inn, DeFoe said.
The man told deputies his name was Tre Von McConner and he had run out of gas in his uncle’s car.
After deputies realized the Georgia Crime Information Center listed the car as stolen in Atlanta on Sept. 2, the man calling himself McConner bolted.
Deputy Robert Scarborough tased him to take him into custody, DeFoe said.
He was booked early Thursday into the Bibb County jail, where he remains.
After a fingerprint scan identified him as Lawson, Bibb County charged him with auto theft, giving a false name and traffic violations, according to jail records.
“You never know who you’re going to stop,” DeFoe said. “There’s a danger factor here, late at night, when you make these traffic stops.”
Tips from people who saw the surveillance images released to the media earlier this week helped Atlanta police get a warrant for Lawson’s arrest.
DeFoe said Bibb County is holding Lawson for Fulton and Rockdale counties.
Bibb deputies did not charge the woman with Lawson, identified as Joi Monai Jenkins, who had been reported missing out of Rockdale County.
Because she is 18, Rockdale authorities said Jenkins was free to go.
She was released before Bibb County learned Lawson’s true identity and discovered his outstanding armed robbery warrants.
Carlos Campos, public affairs manager for the Atlanta Police Department, said Jenkins is believed to be the woman in the video.
She was in custody Friday afternoon and police plan to charge her with armed robbery, Campos wrote in an e-mail.
Lawson will be brought back to Atlanta eventually to face charges, Atlanta police officer John Chafee said in an e-mail released to The Telegraph on Friday morning.
To contact writer Liz Fabian, call (478) 744-4303.