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Brothers Jailed in Suwanee Armed Robbery Case

A SWAT Team was used to take the suspects into custody in Athens, according to police.

Ralph Meadows. (Credit: Gwinnett Police)
Ralph Meadows. (Credit: Gwinnett Police)
Two brothers have been arrested and jailed in Gwinnett County in connection with an armed robbery incident in Suwanee in November, according to police.

In a news release Thursday (Dec. 5), Gwinnett Police said Ralph Meadows and Raymond Meadows have been charged with armed robbery and are being held without bond at the Gwinnett Detention Center. Ralph Meadows also has been charged with aggravated assault.

The suspects were taken into custody Dec. 2 at 140 Booker Street in Athens, by a Gwinnett Police robbery unit and the Athens-Clarke County SWAT Team.

They are accused in connection with the robbery of a resident of unincorporated Suwanee in November. They reportedly followed the victim home from his business at the Pendergrass Flea Market in Jackson County.

Detectives obtained a partial tag from a surveillance video, according to the release. The vehicle and partial tag matched a vehicle that was rented out by Ralph Meadows during the time of the robbery.

According to police, on Nov. 16 the suspects went to Zone Electronics at the Pendergrass Flea Market in Pendergrass (Jackson County). The suspects visited the business and spoke with the owner several times over a period of hours. At 5 p.m., the owner closed the store and drove to his home in unincorporated Suwanee.

The victim arrived home and parked in his driveway. But before he was able to leave his vehicle, someone began knocking loudly on the outside. The victim saw a man standing outside his vehicle armed with a shotgun.

The victim immediately recognized the man as one of the two men acting suspiciously in his store earlier in the day, police said. The suspect demanded money, which the victim provided. The suspect was not satisfied with the amount, so he demanded more money and fired a shot into the floorboard of the victim’s vehicle, police said.

This information was obtained from Gwinnett Police. It does not indicate a conviction. Questions should be directed to suwanee@patch.com.

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