Update: Second suspect now in custody in deputy murder and armed robbery

Former Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Deputy Felix Cosme, 63, of Dacula. Photo credit: Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office.

Update: 6/2/2020

The second suspect, Prince Robertson has been taken into custody. Gwinnett County Police Department report that shortly after 3pm, someone called the 911 Center with a possible sighting of the suspect in the area of Old Peachtree Road and Old Fountain Road in unincorporated Lawrenceville.  Officers quickly descended upon the area and arrested him without incident.

“The investigation and arrests of both suspects is a combined effort of the Gwinnett County Police Department, FBI, and the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office. We hope that these arrests can bring some comfort to the Cosme family,” GCPD wrote in the update.

Update: 6/2/2020

Tavares Norah turned himself into the Gwinnett County Jail at 9:30 am on Tuesday, June 2.  He has been charged with Armed Robbery (2 counts), Aggravated Assault (2 counts), Kidnapping (2 counts), and Possession of a Firearm during a Felony (1 count). Murder charges for both suspects are forthcoming.

Prince Robertson is still at large.

Update 6/2/2020

Gwinnett County Police Department is asking for the pubic’s help in locating two suspects who are wanted for a June 1 armed robbery as well as the Jan 8 murder of former Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Deputy Felix Cosme. During the course of the homicide investigation, detectives identified two suspects – Tavares Norah (age 25) and Prince Robertson (age 27).

On Monday, June 1, officers assigned to the East Precinct responded to an armed robbery call at the Auto Zone at 645 Dacula Road in Dacula at about 9 p.m. Employees reported that a black male suspect entered the store, pointed a gun at them and demanded the store’s cash before fleeing the store in a black vehicle.

Officers eventually tracked down the suspects’ vehicle where it crashed about 3 miles away on La Maison Drive. Officers saturated the area looking for the suspects, and Reverse 911s were issued to neighboring homes.

Detectives and officers determined that the two suspects who fled the vehicle were the same suspects from the homicide at the O’Reilly’s that resulted in the death of Cosme. The suspects were not located. They are wanted for Armed Robbery and Murder against Cosme as well as Monday’s armed robbery. Both Norah and Robertson also have other outstanding warrants.

Tavares Norah (age 25) is 6 feet tall and weighs 172 lbs.

Prince Robertson (age 27) is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 153 lbs.  He currently has a cornrow hairstyle.

Both suspects were wearing dark clothing as of June 1.  They are considered armed and dangerous.

The FBI is still offering a reward of $15,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspects involved in this crime.  This reward money is separate from the reward offered by Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta.  Tipsters interested in the reward are encouraged to call the FBI at (770) 216-3000.

 

  • Homicide Unit:          770-513-5794
  • FBI Tip Line:              770-216-3000
  • Crime Stoppers:        404-577-8477

 

Update

The FBI is offering a reward of $15,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect involved in the shooting death Wednesday of Felix Cosme, 63, of Dacula. This reward money is separate from the award offered by Atlanta Crime Stoppers. Tipsters interested in the reward are encouraged to call the FBI at (770) 216-3000.

Initial story

A retired Gwinnett County deputy was shot and killed Wednesday night while trying to thwart a robbery attempt at the O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store on Hamilton Mill Road Wednesday evening. Gwinnett County Police Department said the victim in the homicide is Felix Cosme, 63, of Dacula, an employee of the auto parts store who was previously employed at the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a press release from Gwinnett County Police Department, officers responded to a “person shot” call at the auto parts store at 7:45 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2020 and arrived to find Cosme deceased in the store. He and a female employee had been working at the store at the time of the incident. The female employee had been outside the store assisting a customer when she noticed a black make seated in a vehicle in the parking lot. GCPD report that the preliminary investigation reveals that he followed her back inside and then asked her to open the cash drawer. Cosme walked from the back of the store, saw the interaction, and was attempting to pull his weapon when he was shot by the suspect. He died at the scene. The suspect then fled the store, got into his vehicle, and was last seen driving towards Interstate 85.

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement after learning of Cosme’s death.

Our hearts are heavy this morning at the loss of retired Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Felix Cosme, who was shot and killed last night during an attempted robbery at an auto parts store on Hamilton Mill in Buford, where he was employed. Sergeant Cosme was employed by our office beginning in April 2006. He served in Jail Administration until his retirement in November 2015.

Sergeant Cosme died a hero’s death as he attempted to protect himself and a female co-worker from a violent criminal with no regard for human life. His next of kin was notified on scene last night.

We extend our thanks to our brothers and sisters with Gwinnett County Police, who are working long hours to locate the suspect(s) responsible for this horrific crime. If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Case Number: 20-002382

Please keep Sergeant Cosme’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.

The Crime Scene Unit along with investigators from the Homicide Unit, Robbery Unit, Gang Unit, and the District Attorney’s Office are working together to determine the events of the crime and to see if it is possibly related to other events or crimes in the area in the past. At this time a specific description of the vehicle and the suspect are still being investigated. Details will be updated once that information is available.

If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300.  To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com.  Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.  Case Number:  20-002382

 

 

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