Cov­ing­ton man ar­rested by task force

Three armed rob­beries lead to Rock­dale man­hunt

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Within hours of its for­ma­tion Thurs­day, a spe­cial rob­bery task force ap­pre­hended a sus­pect in three re­cent com­mer­cial armed rob­beries in Rock­dale County.

Jonathan Isa­iah Hall, 23, of Cov­ing­ton, was taken into cus­tody by the task force, which had been formed by the Rock­dale County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, in con­junc­tion with the Cony­ers Po­lice Depart­ment, Rock­dale E9-1-1, and other state and fed­eral part­ners.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from the task force, 20 law en­force­ment of­fi­cers par­tic­i­pated in the search for a se­rial rob- ber. In each of the rob­beries, the sus­pect, his face cov­ered, rushed into a store and bran­dished a hand­gun, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

Hall faces charges on three counts of armed rob­bery and one count of be­ing a fugi­tive from jus­tice. He was ar­rested with­out in­ci­dent and is be­ing held in the Rock­dale County Jail.

Task force mem­bers shared in­tel­li­gence in­for­ma­tion on the rob­beries, pro­vided look­outs for the ve­hi­cle, and viewed videos and pho­to­graphs taken from se­cu­rity cam­eras.

Shortly af­ter the task force con­vened Thurs­day, Cap­tain Michael Ran­som of the

Rock­dale County Sher­iff’s Of­fice spot­ted a ve­hi­cle match­ing the de­scrip­tion of the sus­pect’s ve­hi­cle in a gro­cery store park­ing lot on Salem Road.

He iden­ti­fied and de­tained the sus­pect, while other task force units rushed to as­sist.

Task force mem­bers later served a search war­rant at the sus­pect’s res­i­dence and re­cov­ered a hand­gun be­lieved to have been used in the rob­beries.


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