CORDELE, GA (WALB) - After a nearly 5-hour standoff Thursday night with Cordele Police, the suspect in an armed robbery is still at large.
Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Dollar General on 7th Street Thursday night.
Once officers were on scene, they said the robber took off running into a residential area where police say he then went into a home near the 300 block of West 14th Avenue.
This led to an hours-long standoff between the suspect and police.
Cordele Police Chief Rob Rodriguez said the suspect managed to escape during the standoff.
Officers were able to recover some evidence including the gun.
Chief Rodriguez said they are working several leads to track the man down. But following a very tense night, he wants to thank the residents for their help.
"They were the ones that told us which way he went and where he went, so they're just a part of us locating this individual just as much as we are," said Chief Rodriguez.
WALB News 10's Re-Essa Buckels was live on Facebook at the standoff.
The suspect is a male that is believed to be about 6 feet tall.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of the suspect, please contact the Cordele Police Department.
The Cordele Police Department, the Crisp Co. Sheriff's Office, the Tri-County SWAT team, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and Georgia State Patrol are all working on this investigation.
Meanwhile, the search for the criminal had some residents, including Betty Griffin, on edge Friday.
Griffin returned home from church Thursday night to find dozens of law enforcement officers surrounding a home right across the street from her house.
"I don't get involved in going to the store or anywhere at night. I stay at home," said Griffin.
Griffin said she believes the police department does everything in its power to keep the city safe.
However, she doesn't see crime dwindling in her beloved city any time soon.
"I know it's not going to stop," said Griffin. "I feel like it in my heart, it's not going to stop."
Police are also looking into whether this man is connected to several recent armed robberies at other businesses in Cordele over the past few months.
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