SAVANNAH, GA (February 28, 2013): With Carver Heights residents joining Metro police who were saturating the area, two armed robbery suspects were apprehended moments after the event Wednesday afternoon.
Calls from residents started coming in within minutes after two armed men robbed clerks at Sheppards convenience store at West Gwinnett Street and Stiles Avenue about 11:35 a.m. Callers directed officers along the path the suspects ran west into the Carver Village area.
The constant tips directed a combination of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department officers. Saturating the area were Patrol and Crime Suppression Unit officers from West Chatham and Downtown Precincts, Robbery Unit and precinct detectives, canine officers from SCMPD and the Chatham County Sheriff’s Officers, and a Metro major.
Crime Suppression Unit officers located Nicholas Alexander Floyd, 19, and Juan Chaunecey Stephens, 20, behind a house a block away. Canine units helped locate two weapons believed used in the robbery between the two locations. Both were charged with armed robbery.
Stephens also was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is on active parole since his release from Telfair State Prison Sept. 12, 2012. He had served 21 months of a five-year sentence for crimes including two counts of theft by receiving, possession of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.
Robbery detectives continue to investigate the robbery.