Couple outsmart armed robbers

Sunday, July 15, 2012 5:11 PM
Last updated Monday, July 16, 2012 2:48 PM
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Editor's note: Police said Monday the story was apparently a fabrication and the man briefly held has been released without charges.

See: "Couple admit filing false report"

Quick thinking and calm under pressure helped a couple in their 20s foil an attempt by two armed men to rob them early Sunday morning.

According to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office report, a 22-year-old Augusta man drove with a 27-year-old woman to the McTeer Food and Fuel at 4150 Windsor Spring Road in Hephzibah about 12:45 Sunday to buy gas, not knowing the station was closed.

When the man stepped out of his car, he was approached by two armed men. One was carrying a .38-caliber handgun and the other had an SKS assault rifle. The two told him to get back in his car and drive to the nearest ATM to withdraw as much money as possible.

The man drove with them to the BP gas station at 4101 Windsor Spring Road and approached the ATM but entered his PIN incorrectly, while the woman he was with told the clerk inside to call the police because they were being robbed.

Officers arrived shortly after, and both suspects fled behind the building, leaving the assault rifle in the backseat of the victim’s car. Officers caught 21-year-old Chad Hobbs and recovered his pistol and the abandoned assault rifle, but the other suspect escaped. Hobbs was charged with armed robbery, kidnapping and possession of a firearm during a crime.

The report said the victims lost only $2 in cash from the woman’s wallet during the robbery.

The other suspect, who carried and abandoned the assault rifle, is described as a black man, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, and weighing 160 pounds.

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HighSociety
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HighSociety 07/15/12 - 09:25 pm
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Most of these thugs who

Most of these thugs who attempt to rob folks have an IQ of a disabled donkey , so glad to see they were able to trick the dummies.

LocalLawyer
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LocalLawyer 07/15/12 - 09:50 pm
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"The other suspect, who

"The other suspect, who carried and abandoned the SKS, is described as a black man, five feet, eight inches tall, and weighing 160 pounds." With an IQ of 78?
Are these guys in the Taliban? Who carries an SKS?

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 07/15/12 - 10:07 pm
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Ever notice that a lot of
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Ever notice that a lot of these armed robbery perps are about 5-7....5-8 and weigh about a buck fifty? Hiding behind a weapon must make them feel big.

As for Hobbs, he has some big decisions to make. Either sing to the cops and dob in his accomplice in return for a lighter sentence, or refuse to cooperate, knowing that they'll find him anyway and he'll have a longer stint in the pokey. Sleep well, vermin.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 07/16/12 - 06:35 am
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Better Headline
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A better healine would have been ....... couple shoots and kills 2 wastes of flesh that tried to rob them.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 07/16/12 - 07:32 am
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Just glad that no one was

Just glad that no one was injured or killed. Some days when you read the paper you would think we live in the wild, wild west........Just hope they catch the other one before he stricks again.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/16/12 - 08:21 am
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Most Discussed

How does a story with three comments (two from last night and one at 7:32 this morning) make the top 5 in the "most discussed" column?

KSL
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KSL 07/16/12 - 09:58 am
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LL, have you noticed that

LL, have you noticed that the comments counter doesn't work right? Of late I have seen several threads with 1 post yet 0 comments at the top.

Jake
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Jake 07/16/12 - 09:59 am
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@LL

Must be the new "digital package" we are hearing so much about.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/16/12 - 10:26 am
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Discussion Page

If they would bring back the old "Discussion Page" we commenters could be much more efficient in discussing the issues. With all the I.T. employees Morris has, you would think they could find (or contract) a programmer capable of making that page work again.

Common.sense
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Common.sense 07/16/12 - 11:57 am
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Aww

Someone couldn't take criticism of their post. I wasn't insulting the commentor Sean. I was insulting the comment.

cheapster505
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cheapster505 07/16/12 - 12:04 pm
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hey now

maybe they were just making a RAP video and everyone else has it wrong Yea that's the ticket a Rap video

cheapster505
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cheapster505 07/16/12 - 12:06 pm
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11pm

momma always said NO good happens if you all out after 11pm

countyman
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countyman 07/16/12 - 12:09 pm
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Bad things tend to happen

Bad things tend to happen when drugs are involved.... Two armed men don't sit at closed gas stations....

GaStang22
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GaStang22 07/16/12 - 05:41 pm
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LL you got that right @ 10:26
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You would also think they could hire someone who could fix the search feature. Its the worst I've ever seen on any website!!

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