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Two suspects in an armed robbery at a check cashing store in Oak Ridge in June were arrested in the Atlanta area on Wednesday, authorities said.
The suspects have been identified as Kianna D. Hill, 21, of East Point, Georgia, and Arvenzio Clyde Miles, 22, of Riverdale, Georgia.
The robbery at Check Into Cash at 361 South Illinois Avenue was reported at about 3:15 p.m. Friday, June 26. The store was allegedly robbed by two suspects armed with handguns, a City of Oak Ridge press release said.
Several Oak Ridge Police Department officers and detectives arrived on scene within minutes, and they immediately started searching for two suspects, who were described as an African American male and African American female who had fled the business on foot, the press release said.
Officers canvassed the area, and a section of North Purdue Avenue was temporarily closed while police set up a perimeter around three apartment buildings where the suspects were believed to have fled. No suspects were located, and detectives continued to follow investigative leads to identify the suspects, the release said.
On Wednesday, July 1, ORPD detectives traveled to the Atlanta metro area to follow up on information they had received about an investigative lead that positively identified one of the suspects and tentatively identified the second. ORPD detectives coordinated with the East Point Police Department in Georgia, southwest of Atlanta, and that led to positive identification of and locations for both suspects, the release said. On Wednesday, July 8, ORPD detectives traveled to East Point, where EPPD officers and detectives arrested both suspects, identified as Hill and Miles.
Detectives from ORPD, which had previously provided information to EPPD, helped East Point police interview both suspects, and the cooperation led to the execution of a search warrant at Hill’s residence, the press release said. Several items of evidentiary value were recovered, the release said. Reporter Liz Artz at WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News in Atlanta said police found a gun that fits the description of one used in a violent check cashing robbery in Tennessee.
Hill and Miles are charged with three counts each of aggravated robbery and one count of especially aggravated kidnapping in Anderson County, Tennessee. Both suspects are currently being held in Georgia and are awaiting extradition back to Tennessee, the press release said.
“The entire Oak Ridge Police Criminal Investigations Division did a superb job of tenaciously identifying and pursuing leads over multiple jurisdictions to clear this case; however, we are especially grateful for the consummate cooperation and outstanding enforcement operations conducted by the East Point Police Department,” Oak Ridge Police Chief James Akagi said. “Without their assistance and manpower, we might not have solved this case in such a timely fashion—the East Point Police Department is a first-rate agency that rolled out the red carpet for us and in the process, arrested two violent criminals. Our hats are off to them for a job well done.”
Artz is doing several stories on the case, including one at 5 p.m. today (Thursday, July 9) and another at 6 p.m. See the preview in the Instant Video section here about halfway down the home page. You may be able to watch the 5 and 6 p.m. broadcasts live near the top of the home page.
Artz said police there have likened the couple, who have allegedly crossed state lines to commit a violent robbery, to Bonnie and Clyde.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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