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Armed robbery suspects arrested

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By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

September 23, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A dramatic police standoff in Valdosta started with a robbery.

A man and a woman held up the Chevron Station on North Patterson Street just after 10:00 Tuesday morning.

The man was caught hiding in a dumpster, but the woman, armed with a rifle, barricaded herself inside a house.

WALB News 10 cameras were rolling as five heavily armed officers busted down the door to arrest her.

Police swarmed this house at Mary and Lee Streets. They say 18-year-old Jennifer Walthour had barricaded herself inside with a rifle. It took them an hour to get her out.

"We had to obtain a search warrant, since we did not have permission to enter the residence," said VPD officer Bernard Robinson.

Clad in bullet proof vests and heavily armed, five officers beat down her door with a battering ram, handcuffed her and pulled her outside.

Investigators say she was the get-away driver for an armed robbery at the Chevron on North Patterson Street. They believe her cousin, 23-year-old Walter Moore was the gunman who robbed the store.

As they sped off, a witness followed their car, and called police. "We don't encourage people to chase armed robbery suspects due to the danger level, but we do appreciate all the assistance," said VPD Lt. Bobbi McGraw.

 "I happened to be extremely close. I was checking parking at VSU," says VPD Sgt. Earl Durrance.

Durrance got into the chase which led to the Ora Lee West Housing Project. Walthour ran into the home. Moore tried to hide in a dumpster.

 "There was just no where to run, no where to hide, and he made a last attempt to get in a dumpster," says Durrance.

Both are charged with armed robbery and may face more charges.

 "No one was injured. Evidence was collected. Police are investigating this in connection with other armed robberies that have occurred," says McGraw.

Until the investigation is complete, both will be held in the Lowndes County Jail without bond.

Police say the two may be connected to other gas station robberies that happened earlier this month. A gas station on Forrest Street was robbed on the 12th. Another on North Ashley was robbed just a week ago.

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