The two suspects allegedly robbed Mack’s Marathon on Tennessee Street at approximately 9 p.m. Cartersville police officers were told to be looking for two men who snatched an unknown amount of money from the cash register. One was wearing a white shirt and the other was wearing shorts. When they fled the scene, according to the report, they ran in the area of Amberwood Apartments.
A Cartersville officer drove into the apartment complex and when he came to a dead end, he saw the suspects looking out behind a dumpster. One was wearing a white T-shirt and the other seemed to be wearing a tank top.
After seeing the police vehicle, the two suspects reportedly ran away. The officer gave chase on foot.
Both suspects were trying to jump a fence. The officer was able to grab the 17-year-old, later identified as Ja’Korrius Clark and handcuff him. The juvenile eluded the officer, but was later apprehended by two other Cartersville officers.
The complainant said the juvenile was the person who grabbed the money. The amount stolen totaled $369. The crime scene was turned over to an investigator.
Clark was arrested and charged with obstruction. He was later transported to the Bartow County Jail. The juvenile was arrested and charged with robbery and obstruction. He was later transported to the Rome Youth Detention Center.
Hiding burglar flees residence
After attempting to hide behind a dividing wall, a would-be burglar fled a Burnt Hickory Road residence after a woman screamed at him.
Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputies were responding to the burglary in progress when dispatch told them the suspect was running through the woods toward Sugar Valley Road. The deputies pulled over, entered the woods on foot and attempted to apprehend the suspect. However, the suspect, later identified as Jess Harper, saw the deputies and ran back to the Burnt Hickory Road residence.
At the residence the complainant’s family confronted Harper and the deputies were able to apprehend him.
Harper told the deputies he entered the residence to “see what he could find,” according to the report and he added that he followed someone else into the residence. However, Harper would not give any additional details.
The complainant said she came back to the residence, which belongs to her grandmother, to get some photo albums. When she walked into the residence, she heard something moving inside. The complainant said she saw Harper reportedly hiding behind a dividing wall and she screamed at him to leave.
Additional witnesses at the scene confirmed the complainant’s statement. One of the witnesses said the residence had been burglarized several times, according to the report.
The deputy noted the residence had items scattered across the floor and copper wire appeared to be missing. Though there was “a lot of damage to the residence,” the report stated, one of the witnesses believed it was from prior incidents.
Harper was arrested and charged with first-degree burglarly. He was transported to the Bartow County Jail without incident.