A suspect in 32 commercial robberies, including several at CVS pharmacies, is in custody as a result of work by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Task Force, authorities said.
Kelvin Charleston, 36, of Austell was arrested Saturday after a three car collision in Forsyth County that injured two task force officers and the suspect.
It is unclear if the suspect is the same man sought by Dawson County authorities in a Feb. 17 robbery of CVS on Highway 53.
The Forsyth incident occurred at approximately 7:00 am Saturday morning when task force members confronted Charleston in an attempt to prevent a robbery at CVS at Windemere Parkway in south Forsyth County.
The Task Force was in the area, and theyd been investigating the suspect, Forsyth County Sheriffs Office Spokesperson Deputy Robin Regan said. They had good information on him and were here investigating a potential robbery when they saw things that made them believe he was about to commit another robbery.
Saturday morning Charleston was observed with a firearm at the Old Atlanta Road CVS location. Members of the task force moved in to prevent an incident. Charleston attempted to flee, first on foot and then in a vehicle.
A crash involved two task force vehicles as well as the one Charleston was driving.
Authorities say Charleston continued his attempt to flee after the crash.
The suspect was also shot by members of the task force, Regan said. He was struck several times and then taken into custody.
Charleston was taken to a hospital with wounds that are believed to be non-life threatening.
The FBI could not comment as to whether Charleston shot at authorities.
Three members of the FBI Task Force also received non-lifethreatening injuries and were taken to area hospitals.
The suspect is believed to have acted alone and is in custody.
The task force did a good job to prevent what they believed was about to be another armed robbery at the CVS. It was at 7 am and being that it was a Saturday, luckily there was not a lot of traffic. No bystanders became involved in this incident, Regan said.
According to officials, the FBI had been investigating Charleston for the numerous robberies, including CVS pharmacies throughout metro-Atlanta area.