The two victims had left the Burnt Hickory Food Mart after buying several lottery tickets. As they drove up a small side road leading to Sugar Valley Road, two armed men allegedly ran out of the bushes and yelled for them to stop the vehicle.
The suspects ran toward the car and jerked the doors open, causing the driver to stop. According to the driver, the two men yelled to "give them everything." The driver handed the first suspect her white iPhone 3G, a black wallet with "SRT" printed on it and $102 in cash.
The suspect also said, " ... Tell your old man to give me everything or I'll kill him."
She told her father to give the second suspect his "stuff." Her father handed over his two lottery tickets.
The two suspects then ran across Sugar Valley Road toward the wooded area near Wheeler Road and Baker Road. That was when the driver called 911.
She described the first suspect as a white male, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall with a "high and tight" haircut, with the hair on the side appearing more blond. He was wearing a plain, white T-shirt that was very loose and cut up denim shorts. He also had a six-pointed star tattoo on the right side of his neck. The victim also stated the suspect had tan skin, braided facial hair on his chin and open sores all over his face.
The second suspect was described as a white male, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall with blue eyes and short hair dyed blue. He was wearing a black baseball cap and a red bandanna over his face. However, according to the police report, he had no obvious face sores or scars.
Neither victim could identify the types of weapons used in the robbery. While the responding officer was taking statements, other deputies had pulled over a vehicle with two suspects matching the descriptions and who had a single weapon in the vehicle. The victims were driven to the scene to identify them, but said neither man was involved in the robbery.
Both suspects are still at large.
Firefighter transported for possible dehydration after woods fire
A Bartow County firefighter Friday fell victim to the heat after battling a woods fire.
According to BCFD Capt. Darrell Abernathy, stations 1, 5 and 13 were called to 182 Smiley Ingram Road about 1 p.m. after a wild land fire burned several acres.
The blaze had scorched 4 or 5 acres by the time units arrived, prompting a call to Georgia Forestry.
"By the time [Georgia Forestry] finished their break, we probably had about 8 acres [burned]," Abernathy said.
One firefighter was transported to Cartersville Medical Center after suffering a heat-related illness, possibly dehydration.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Motorcycle chase turns into foot pursuit
A BCSO deputy was patrolling Barnsley Garden Road when he saw a man without a helmet driving a blue motorcycle. The officer turned on his lights to perform a traffic stop. The suspect allegedly looked back at the officer and then accelerated to approximately 40 mph.
The suspect tried to make a left turn onto a dirt road, but lost control and laid the motorcycle down in the roadway. He then ran into the woods and the officer pursued on foot. After a short chase, the suspect was taken into custody.
When the officer asked why he fled, the suspect said there were warrants on him out of Gordon County.
He was transported to the jail after emergency medical services examined the scrapes on his leg and both hands from the accident.
House burglarized four times
A BCSO deputy was dispatched to 850 Barnsley Garden Road Thursday night in reference to a burglary.
The victim said someone had broken into her house for the fourth weekend in a row. She told the officer she did not live in the house and believed the same person keeps breaking into the house -- returning each time to take more items.
She told the officer the house was "a complete wreck" because the suspect went through all the drawers, moving items around.
When asked if she knew how the suspect was getting into the house, the victim said they were coming through the back door, which had been unlocked since the first robbery.
The officer said a report would be filed on the incident.