Suspect in violent home invasions, robberies arrested

Man arrested in string of robberies

Atlanta Police have made an arrest in a series of violent robberies and home invasions.

They announced Antwain Wolfolk, 21, had been taken into custody in a press conference Thursday afternoon.

Atlanta Police Chief George Turner started the conference saying, "this is another great day."

APD's fugitive unit along with the FBI arrested Wolfolk Thursday morning. Lt. Vazquez said they made forced entry into the home to take Wolfolk into custody after they'd been searching for him since August 25.  Inside, they recovered several weapons.

"We did recover one handgun that was stolen and two weapons in the attic," Vazquez said.

 
Vazquez said they also recovered what appears to be the AK-47 used in the robberies. However, the weapon was a replica.
 
He said the weapon was actually an airsoft gun made to look authentic.
 
"It wasn't until we took the weight of the weapon that we were really able to tell that it was in fact was a replica, or a fake weapon," Vazquez said.
 
"Anybody that would encounter that weapon on the street would believe that it was a real weapon."

 
Wolfolk is accused in at least four separate incidents.  
 
On Aug. 4, he is accused of shooting a man in a home invasion on Clairmont Way in Brookhaven. When police arrived, they discovered a man in the driveway of his home suffering from a gunshot wound to this upper torso.
 
On Friday, Aug. 19, Police say the suspect broke into a family’s home on Defoor Avenue in the middle of the afternoon. The family was not home, but a hidden security camera caught him kicking down the front door to the residence and stealing electronics, jewelry and other personal items.
 
 
On the same day, police responded to another home invasion on Howell Mill where a woman was confronted by a man who matched the description of the suspect from the first incident.
 
According to police reports, the victim told police she was laying in her bed when she heard someone moving through the apartment. All of a sudden, her bedroom door opened and the suspect aimed the laser on his rifle at her head. He told her to lay back down and put her face into the pillows, then asked for her jewelry.
 
According to police reports, the suspect made off with a number of jewelry items valued between $30,000 to $40,000.
 
A week before, a similar suspect held a woman at gunpoint in Whittier Mills Park – only a few miles from the area of the home invasions – in broad daylight. According to police, the victim is a photographer and was scouting the area for a possible photo shoot. 

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Wolfolk has reportedly been arrested in several similar incidents in other jurisdictions, according to APD. Lt. Hensel said they are also looking at him for similar crimes where they have not been able to identify a suspect.

(© 2016 WXIA)


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