UPDATED Media Release: Suspect Arresed, Armed Robberies at Homestay Suites & Stars and Strikes
Update #1, 08/10/2018: Willie James Rivers (age 28, Loganville) is now in custody. He is currently incarcerated in Clayton County (GA). Once he is released, he will be transported to the Gwinnett County Jail to face charges for Armed Robbery (2 counts) and Aggravated Assault (4 counts). Inquiries surrounding his capture should be directed to Clayton County.
Original, 07/23/2018: (Lilburn and Loganville, Georgia) Gwinnett County Police Department detectives are searching for a suspect in at least two armed robberies. On July 14, 2018, the suspect robbed the Homestay Suites located at 4350 Stone Mountain Highway, unincorporated Lilburn. The suspect produced a handgun and robbed the clerk at gunpoint.
On July 22, 2018, the same suspect robbed the Stars and Strikes at 479 Brightwell Court, unincorporated Loganville. In this case, he entered the business and pointed a gun at multiple people. One of the victims followed the suspect and the suspect fired multiple shots at him. The suspect ran away on foot, abandoning his vehicle, which was a lime green 2014 Ford Mustang. Officers recovered the vehicle and it remains in police custody.
Following the second robbery, the suspect was identified as Willie James Rivers. Rivers is a black male, about 5’6” tall, 160 lbs. Detectives obtained warrants against him for two counts of armed robbery and four counts of aggravated assault. Rivers is currently on the run and should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone encountering Rivers should call 911.
If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD Robbery Unit detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Case Numbers: 18-065019, 18-067697