Investigators say Christopher Andrews, 25, and Mersades Shantel English entered a Ross department store off the East-West Connector early in the morning of April 15 with the intention of robbing the store.
According to arrest warrants, both suspects carried black handguns into the store before it had opened for the day and pointed them at two women inside.
Police say Andrews ordered one of the victims to the store’s office at gunpoint and demanded she open a safe inside. When Andrews was unable to obtain anything from the safe, investigators say he took the victim’s purse from her, which contained a cellphone, cash, her paycheck, a gift card and her car keys, among other items listed on Andrews’ arrest warrant.
Police say English served as Andrews’ accomplice, pointing her weapon at another woman inside the store while Andrews attempted to enter the safe. According to arrest warrants, English took a cellphone from the victim at gunpoint before fleeing the scene on foot with Andrews.
On May 8, the Marietta Daily Journal reported Andrews and a different accomplice, Quinton Wilson, had been charged in Cobb County with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of aggravated assault after police accused them of robbing a SunTrust Bank on Sandy Plains Road and a Family Dollar on Powder Springs Road in late April. According to Marietta Police, detectives linked Andrews and Wilson to these and other armed robberies that took place around the metro Atlanta area.
Douglasville Police confirmed Andrews and English have previously been charged with armed robbery in Douglas County. Cobb police say Andrews admitted to the April 15 Austell robbery during an interview at the Douglas County Jail on May 7, at which time he identified English as his accomplice for that particular crime.
Both Andrews and English have been charged with armed robbery by Cobb County courts for breaking into Ross, though they remain in custody in Douglas County jail for previous charges. Wilson also is also still in Douglasville Police custody.