Just three minutes is all it took for the Dadeville Police Department to apprehend a suspect in an armed robbery Tuesday afternoon.
“We got a call of an armed robbery in progress at 1:42 p.m.,” Dadeville assistant police chief Chris Martin said. “We had a suspect in custody three minutes later.”
Martin said it took the efforts of several officers to make it happen.
“(Officer Ronnie Brown) was first on the scene and was able to get a good description of the suspect and direction of travel,” Martin said. “I was there quickly as well and saw someone walking away down Herren Street. He was trying to walk as not to bring attention to himself but he matched the description. He tried to flee when he saw the lights but didn’t get far.”
Martin said the suspect, Lameico Darrien Black, 19, of Alexander City had dropped a handgun and a replica gun nearby that officers recovered. Martin said officer Colton Ankers also responded quickly to help provide backup during the apprehension of Black.
Martin said Black used one of the weapons police recovered in the robbery that stemmed from a negotiated online sale of items.
“Once we got to the bottom of it, Black and the victim met in a parking lot for the transaction,” Martin said. “Black tried to leave after getting the money from the victim. The victim tried to stop him when (Black) pulled a handgun. That elevated it to first-degree robbery.”
Martin said Black was holding cash in his hands in the same denominations described by the victim to police. Martin said it is not often police can close a case in just three minutes.
“It was good work by all,” Martin said.
Martin warned the public about conducting online transactions and suggested meeting in a public place.
“The victim tried to do this in a parking lot,” Martin said. “It is a public place, but maybe pick a place that has more people around and ideally also with cameras around.”
According to court records Black has no criminal history.
At press time, Black was being held in the Tallapoosa County Jail on a $25,000 bond.