AUSTELL, Ga. -- FBI officials announced Thursday that they had arrested four people, including one they described as the "Dreaded Bandit," in Austell late Wednesday.
The four men, Jason Blackwell, Torrey Marable, Deandre Markee King and Rico Blackwell, were arrested by Austell Police during a traffic stop Wednesday evening. The FBI said the group was acting in a suspicious manner at a PNC Bank branch in Austell, and that the men were riding in a silver Buick Park Avenue, which had been described as the vehicle in an earlier robbery.
The FBI said they believe the suspects are the armed robbery crew responsible for three bank robberies in August -- one at a BB&T branch in Marietta, a second at the PNC Bank branch in Dunwoody, and another at the Fifth Third Bank branch on Piedmont Road in Buckhead.
FBI special agent Stephen Emmett said in a release that the four are being charged federal counts of conspiracy to commit bank robbery at the Austell PNC branch in connection with an investigation resulting from the traffic stop.
All four men were scheduled to appear before US Magistrate Judge Anand at the Richard B. Russell Federal Courthouse in downtown Atlanta Thursday afternoon.
The nickname came from the suspect's dreadlocks as seen in surveillance images from one of the bank robberies.