Two South Carolina men are in custody after holding up a Verizon Wireless store in Dalton with a handgun and stealing cell phones. Nobody was hurt in the incident.
The incident happened at approximately 7:30 on Saturday night at the Verizon Wireless retail store at 853 Shugart Road. A black male, later identified as Jacody Domonique Gunter, 23, or Conway, South Carolina, entered the store while an employee was in the back area performing inventory. When the employee came back into the front of the store he was confronted by Gunter who pointed a handgun at him and demanded all of the store’s iPhones. Gunter wore a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans, and a navy blue bandana covering the lower part of his face. The store employee complied, taking him into the back and filling Gunter’s backpack with iPhone boxes and placing the rest of the phones in a Verizon bag. After leaving the store using the south exit door, Gunter got into a yellow Ford Mustang driven by 23-year old David Rowell, Jr. of Marion, South Carolina.
The Georgia State Patrol stopped their yellow 2006 Ford Mustang traveling southbound on I-75 in Acworth, Georgia at approximately 8:40 pm and recovered the phones and arrested Gunter and Rowell. The pair were brought to the Whitfield County Jail.
The Dalton Police Department has charged Gunter with armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault, simple assault, making false statements to a law enforcement officer, wearing a mask to conceal identity, pointing a firearm at another, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. David Rowell, Jr. is charged with theft by receiving stolen property.