"He pointed the gun past my head at my daughter. That's when I grabbed his arm, pushed him up against the wall and got into a fight with him," said Thomas Knight, Port One Liquors Owner.
The robber re-gained control and led Knight to the register while the other stayed in front of the counter shouting and demanding money. They got the money and ran out the door with Knight on their tails with a loaded gun with which he fired five shots at the victims as they ran off.
"The second shot I heard a scream and watched the guy go down," said Knight. The suspect got away though. But Knight's wife is now shaken.
"The thought of losing my family was too much to bear," said Charlene Knight. His community fed up and taking action.
"Money talks, and hopefully we're going to get someone to come forward," said local business owner Edwin McCullers.
Since June, there have been 11 armed robberies in Decatur County. All unsolved. Business owners Edwin McCullers and Sarah Griffin decided to do something about that. They put together a committee called Decatur County Citizens Against Crime.
"So much has happened we really didn't know what else to do," said Sarah Griffin.
In just 10 days they raised $6,500 dollars to offer as a reward for any information leading to the arrests of the criminals. "Just everyday citizens are donating," said McCullers.
"Businesses that have not been robbed have contributed lost of money," said McCullers.
"I've been Sheriff 10 years and this is the 1st time we've had citizens come together as a group like this," said Sheriff Wiley Griffin.
The hope is that people will come forward, collect their checks, and put the robbers in jail. Before someone gets hurt or killed.
If you have any information on the rash of robberies or want to contribute to the Reward fund call the Sheriff's Office at 229-248-3044.
Mail Reward Contributions to:
P.O. Box 877, Bainbridge, GA
Unsolved Armed Robberies:
7-9-09 Quick Buys 97S
9-7-09 Climax Quick Buys #116
9-12-09 Junior Mall
11-3-09 Family Dollar
11-5-09 Quick Buys - Whigham Dairy Rd
11-9-09 Zip Trip
12-5-09 Los Lomas
12-10-09 Port One Liquors
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