Rockmart PD arrests robbery suspect
Rockmart police are still untangling the full scope of events surrounding a armed robbery by a local man who barricaded himself in a church before police found him hiding in the attic. Quintin Ari Glover, 21, of a Rockmart address was taken into custody after more than two hours of hiding from police inside of the home of local ministry Abundant Life Community Center after it was alleged he robbed the Big Bear convenience store just two block away on North Piedmont Avenue on Wednesday morning, April 11.
Rockmart Police Chief Keith Sorrells said that money, Glover’s weapon and his clothing were all recovered following his arrest at the church in an incident that lasted for more than two hours, and saw local residents standing by to watch.
He said that following the armed robbery this morning — an exact time of when Sorrells did not have available during an interview following Glover’s arrest — Glover fled the scene and was tracked by officers to the church building, where he was apprehended.
Sorrells did not have a final tally of how much money was taken in the robbery.
Officers from the Aragon Police, Rockmart Police, Polk County Police and Polk County Sheriff’s deputies surrounded the building and established a corridor, which kept Glover from going anyplace else.
Sorrells said that initially his officers did not send in K-9 units into the building to search for Glover since he was still armed at the time.
The Rome-Floyd County SWAT team was called in after officers established their perimeter around the church. They initially swept the sanctuary and the basement of the building, and during a second sweep found Glover in the attic where he had been hiding. Cedartown Police also assisted by providing their K-9 unit to help with searching for Glover this morning as well following the first sweep by the SWAT team.
Dozens of local residents watched f r om across the street and around a second convenience store next to the Abundant Life Community Center as well.
Glover was taken into custody without further incident and was charged with armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, obstruction, and theft by receiving stolen property.
Rockmart Police detectives interviewed Glover following his arrest and later transported to the Polk County Jail to be booked, Sorrells said.
“We’re thankful that this all ended peacefully, and that no law enforcement or citizens were harmed, nor the suspect during this incident,” Sorrells. “We’re extremely thankful to local and area law enforcement, especially the Rome-Floyd County SWAT team, for their assistance with locating and taking Mr. Glover into custody.”
Officers load Quintin Ari Glover, 21, into a Rockmart PD patrol car following his arrest at the Abundant Life Community Center.
Quintin Ari Glover