Accused armed robber offers to abort incident if he could just get his gun back from clerk

Gwinnett County: More accused armed robbers are off the streets, this time after arrests by Gwinnett County Police. According to a press release from GCPD, on Oct. 21 a suspect, later identified as Jalen Bridgewaters, 19, entered the Shell gas station located at 3841 Satellite Boulevard in unincorporated Duluth and attempted to rob the clerk. Bridgewaters allegedly stuck the gun under the protective partition and demanded money. The clerk immediately wrestled the gun from his hand and called 9-1-1.  He allegedly demanded his gun back from the clerk, threatening to come back and shoot him if he didn’t return it. When the threats didn’t work, he allegedly resorted to pleading with the clerk to return the gun, promising to just leave if he did. When that too wasn’t successful, the subject allegedly left in frustration, but by that time the police were on their way and were able to arrest him and take him to jail.

Detectives with the robbery unity were allegedly able to connect Bridgewater to a total of six robberies in the Gwinnett County area, three on Oct. 6 (one in the City of Lilburn) and three on Oct. 21 (one in the City of Duluth.) In addition, Emmanuel Craig, 22, of Norcross, was identified as being a part of the robberies on Oct. 21 and Nicholas Abreu, 18, 0f Norcross, was identified as being a part of the robberies committed on October 6. Craig and Abreu were both charged with two counts of armed robbery by Gwinnett Police and Bridgewater was charged with multiple counts of armed robbery, aggravated assault, and false imprisonment.

If anyone has any further information to share in any of these cases, they are asked to contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300.  To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit  Case Numbers:  19-096978, 19-096971, 19-092338, 19-092308

Local police in Walton County were also able to round up three alleged armed robbers last month when they attempted to rob the KFC restaurant in Monroe. The Monroe Police Department took just 3 or so minutes to round up three subjets after they fled from the scene. One of the suspects is now also charged in the Loganville Auto Zone robbery that took place just two days before on Oct. 21.

Editor’s Note: An arrest or charge does not constitute a conviction.

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