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Search still on for armed robbery suspect

POSTED: November 4, 2013 10:30 p.m.
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Jermaine Lanier

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The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office remains on the lookout for a second suspect in last week’s armed robbery at the Dollar General store on Highway 30 in Guyton.

Ashton Wallace, 21, is wanted on two counts of armed robbery, aggravated assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment, theft by taking and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to the ECSO.

"Wallace has an extensive and violent criminal history and is considered to be armed and dangerous," said ECSO spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor. "We know that that somebody out there knows where he is."

Anyone with information on Wallace’s whereabouts is asked to call the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office at 754-3449.

One suspect is already in custody. Jermaine Lanier, 23, of Savannah was charged last Tuesday with two counts of armed robbery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, theft by taking, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Employees and customers were inside the store when Lanier and Wallace walked in armed with handguns, according to investigators. The men ordered a clerk to empty the cash from the register and then forced the group of people into a back room, Ehsanipoor said.

The two men left in a car they stole from an employee. The car was found the next day in west Savannah.

It was the latest armed robbery in Effingham County in recent weeks, along with ones at the Family Dollar store in Springfield, Quail Run Estates mobile home park in Springfield and Octane gas station in Eden.

Eshanipoor said that the two men who robbed Dollar General "may be connected with other area robberies," adding that the investigation is ongoing and "we expect additional charges and arrests."

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