Suspects in 'Scarecrow' crimes ID'd

Video from the attempted robbery of the Dollar General on Washington Road on May 22, 2009.
  • Follow Metro

Police identified two suspects Tuesday in a series of holdups pulled off by a masked man they called the Scarecrow Bandit.

Back | Next
Jackson  Special
Special
Jackson

One suspect was in jail. The other was released on bond last week for an unrelated charge but was questioned by police Tuesday afternoon, Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Scott Peebles said.

Police identified them as David Jackson Jr., of the 2100 block of Ellis Street, and Jimmy Fitzgerald Pontoon.

Police said they think the men are connected to the robberies of three stores and four financial institutions between Jan. 25 and May 22, Lt. Peebles said.

The holdups involved a masked man whom police called the Scarecrow Bandit because in each robbery a man who sometimes resembled the "Scarecrow" character of the Batman movies would enter a business, demand money, then flee.

On May 22, police said, Mr. Jackson was caught when he entered the Dollar General in the 2500 block of Washington Road and demanded money from the employees. The employees were able to overpower him and hold him until police arrived, investigators said.

Mr. Jackson is charged with robbery by intimidation in that case and is being held without bond at the Richmond County jail.

Mr. Pontoon was arrested Friday on an unrelated charged and is free on bond.

He is the owner of a white car similar to the 1994 Cadillac Deville identified last month as the vehicle used in the robbery of the First Citizens Bank in the 3500 block of Walton Way Extension.

"We suspect this other guy as being involved in one or more of the robberies," Lt. Peebles said of Mr. Pontoon.

It is likely more charges will be filed against Mr. Jackson, he said. Mr. Pontoon has not been charged in the robberies. Anyone with information can call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at (706) 821-1080.

Reach Stephanie Toone at (706) 823-3215 or stephanie.toone@augustachronicle.com.

Comments (12) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
JohnQPublic
5
Points
JohnQPublic 06/03/09 - 06:50 am
0
0
Free on bond....you must be

Free on bond....you must be joking. Did he pay the bond with stolen money?

pantherluvcik
628
Points
pantherluvcik 06/03/09 - 07:18 am
0
0
Well it clearly states that

Well it clearly states that Mr. Pontoon was not charged in the robberies, they have no evidence against him. Really wreckless to implicate him though without any evidence.

colcamp1
10
Points
colcamp1 06/03/09 - 07:39 am
0
0
Great job by the two

Great job by the two employees. I am thankful that they were not injured.

avidreader
3377
Points
avidreader 06/03/09 - 09:15 am
0
0
These employees should be

These employees should be recognized for their bravery and for ridding our community of at least one criminal.

JACK1206
0
Points
JACK1206 06/03/09 - 10:04 am
0
0
I am so glad that the

I am so glad that the youngmen did not get hurt.

sassygalady30
1
Points
sassygalady30 06/03/09 - 11:36 am
0
0
they look scarey

they look scarey

valleygrad99
0
Points
valleygrad99 06/03/09 - 11:44 am
0
0
That was pretty amazing.

That was pretty amazing. GOOD JOB!

gnumbgnuts
0
Points
gnumbgnuts 06/03/09 - 12:08 pm
0
0
They look pretty tough in

They look pretty tough in those mug shots. I wonder if they'll look that tough dressed in orange.

Dark Lord
2
Points
Dark Lord 06/03/09 - 04:41 pm
0
0
Great Job Guys. You never

Great Job Guys. You never lose your cool and was able to out think and overpower the criminal. Thank You for making a difference. Glad you are safe and unharmed. Dollar General owns you a great debt.

spotted_assassin
67
Points
spotted_assassin 06/03/09 - 05:09 pm
0
0
Where was the third employee

Where was the third employee during all this? He come strolling out after all the commotion has ended! SCARY ***, get out there and help them!

used2Bjonny
1
Points
used2Bjonny 06/03/09 - 09:11 pm
0
0
You know, if you shoot the

You know, if you shoot the robbers dead during the robbery, there's never a question about who did it...

humbleopinion
0
Points
humbleopinion 06/03/09 - 11:27 pm
0
0
Aren't they looking for a

Aren't they looking for a similar white Cadillac in the shooting of a North Augusta officer this afternoon??????? Any connection??????

Back to Top

Top headlines

Search for missing teen turns up nothing

Richmond County sheriff's deputies searched the woods near Cross Creek High while a Georgia State Patrol helicopter did likewise from the air for several hours for any clues to the disappearance ...
Search Augusta jobs