Suspect who allegedly waited patiently in line to rob Gwinnett convenience store arrested

Update: 7/7/2020

The Gwinnett County Police Department identified the alleged suspect as Christopher Demetrius Gates, 31, of Lawrenceville. He was arrested and booked into the Gwinnett County Jail on Saturday, July 4. 

Gates has been charged with the following crimes:

·         Armed Robbery

·         Aggravated Assault

·         Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (2 counts)

·         Theft by Receiving Stolen Property

·         Forgery 2nd Degree

·         Possession of Methamphetamine

·         No Insurance (traffic violation)

Original press release 06/30/2020:  (Lawrenceville, Georgia) The GCPD Robbery Unit needs the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed a local convenience store after waiting patiently in line.  

On Friday, June 26, a call came into the 911 Center from the RaceTrac at 3405 Sugarloaf Parkway in unincorporated Lawrenceville.  The store employee said that a man (possibly a regular customer) came into the store at around 11:30pm.  According to the police report, the suspect allowed a couple of people to go ahead of him in the line before approaching the counter. 

After attempting to make a purchase, the suspect demanded all the cash once the register opened up.  He held a gun and pointed it at the store employee. 

The employee said that the suspect has come into the store before.  The suspect is described as a black male, in his 20s-30s, approximately 5 feet 10 inches with brown hair and a slim build.  He was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, black shirt, khaki pants, black beanie-style hat, and black and white shoes.  The employee said that he had pink and white painted fingernails with glitter.

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  Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.  Case Number:  20-047392  

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