Nehemiah Terrence Hagwood, 24, of Orlando, Fla., was arrested early last month at the QuikTrip gas station on Highway 61 in Villa Rica. He is facing 15 charges in Carroll County, and another four in Atlanta, including robbery, aggravated assault and entering auto.
Judge Aubrey Duffey denied Hagwood’s motion for bond, requested by his attorney, public defender Rebecca Dembkowski.
Officers were called to the gas station in November and were told Hagwood was armed with a handgun. When police arrived, the suspect would not comply with the officers’ commands and told them the gun was in the seat of the vehicle, according to the police report.
As the officers were trying to get Hagwood away from the van, he suddenly got in and fled the scene.
Officer Jacob Brown spotted the vehicle leaving the gas station and gave chase, following a path that led officers north on Highway 101, Rockmart Road, Main Street and Highway 78 before the suspect crashed the van behind the Villa Rica Elementary School, then fled the scene on foot.
Sgt. Kevin Carroll located the suspect in the kudzu behind the soccer fields and took him into custody. A gun was found in the kudzu where Hagwood was hiding, according to police.
Witnesses of the alleged Atlanta shooting said Hagwood shot one man in the hip in a parking lot outside the CNN Center during his first known robbery Sunday morning.
According to reports, Atlanta police arrived and chased the attacker once called by the victim, but lost the mini-van he was driving on the western side of the city.
Once he was arrested in Villa Rica, police said they found several IDs inside the van, including the Atlanta shooting victim’s. They also recovered the handgun believed to have been used in both crimes.