Escaped Augusta Transitional Center inmate wanted for 2 robberies arrested

Julius Edward Taylor

An escaped inmate wanted for two robberies was arrested Tuesday afternoon in a downtown Augusta apartment, police said.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office helped the U.S. Marshals Service apprehend Julius Edward Taylor at Maxwell House Apartments, 1002 Greene St., sheriff’s Lt. Blaise Dresser said.

Taylor was wanted by the sheriff’s office for two counts of robbery by intimidation in connection with March 20 incidents at Sundrees Urban Market, 930 Broad St., and Rite Aid Pharmacy, 1505 Walton Way.

He was also wanted by the Georgia Department of Corrections on an escape charge after he failed to return to the Augusta Transitional Center from his work-release duty, authorities said.

The Sundrees robbery occurred at 12:37 p.m. March 20 when a man entered the store and told the clerk he had an armed accomplice outside who would shoot her if she did not wait five minutes to call police. Deputies found no evidence of a second person. The Rite Aid robbery occurred about 7 p.m. that day, Dresser said.

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