Armed robbers injure downtown businessman; one captured
by Amanda Ryker
May 19, 2012 | 8037 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
John Lewis is led to an ambulance after being treated for injuries he received in an armed robbery Friday in downtown Cartersville.
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A Cartersville businessman was injured in an armed robbery Friday morning about 11:30, with one suspect still at large at press time. Authorities said he was considered armed and dangerous.

The Law Office, located at 11 E. Main St. in downtown Cartersville, was the main target as two male subjects wearing masks entered the building.

The victim, identified as John Lewis, was transported by Bartow EMS to Cartersville Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries after being struck with a handgun.

"The victim was beaten with a handgun; there were no shots fired. The two male subjects took the bank bags from the office, left the office and ran behind it and went through a barber shop located on Leake Street. We were able to apprehend one suspect and the other suspect is still at large somewhere here in the area. We have one subject in custody," Cartersville Police Lt. Mark Camp said at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

The type of masks worn was not known as of 1:30 p.m. Friday when a news conference was held at the Cartersville Police Department.

CPD, aided by agents from the Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force, conducted a search for the second suspect, believed to be 22-year-old Derrick (aka Derric) Christopher Williams of Cartersville.

The time of day and location, though, made the event "unusual," according to officials.

"This is probably one of the busiest places in town at this time of the day, right here by these railroad tracks," Camp said. "A lot of people are coming downtown for lunch to eat, a lot of people are traveling through this area, especially truck traffic this time of day, so it's very unusual for this to occur right here."

Chief Thomas Culpepper agreed, calling the "unpleasant event" a "bold" move.

"It's pretty bold that time of day to go into an office like that," Culpepper said. "It's a pretty violent act, and in the middle of the day when there's plenty of people to see what you're doing, the chance of getting away scot-free is reduced greatly."

A vehicle and weapon believed to have belonged to one of the suspects have been recovered. According to Camp, the suspects fled the law office on foot and entered a vehicle parked around the corner. When the vehicle did not start, both suspects fled on foot.

The suspect in custody has been identified as Raymond Anthony Montgomery, 22, of Cartersville, who will be interviewed in connection to the incident. A motive remains unknown.