CONYERS — A man wanted by Conyers Police in connection with a May armed robbery at a local apartment complex was arrested Friday following a foot pursuit in Olde Town.

Calvin Smith, 20, was arrested after code enforcement officers noticed fresh gang-related graffiti painted on a vacant residence on Bryant Street. An alleged accomplice in the graffiti incident, Tayvion Clark, 20, was also arrested.

Smith was wanted in the May 24 armed robbery of a man at the Briar Creek Apartments.

Friday’s foot pursuit began when code enforcement officers and the CPD’s gang detective were talking with the owner of the vacant house regarding the graffiti. According to CPD, Smith and Clark ran out the back door of the house. The officers pursued and a perimeter was set up.

Smith was spotted running out of a nearby woodline and taken into custody. Clark was flushed out of the woodline with the assistance of K-9 Eddie and taken into custody.

Both suspects face multiple charges in addition to Smith’s original May armed robbery charge.

In that incident, Smith and two other suspects, including a juvenile female and an unidentified male suspect, allegedly robbed a man visiting from Texas. According to police, the victim had met the female suspect while at a local store. He stated she approached him outside and offered to have sex with him for $100. He agreed and suggested they go to a local motel, but said she told him they could go to her parents’ apartment at the Briar Creek Apartments.

When they got to the apartment, she told him to go to the back bedroom and take off his clothes. He did so and waited for her, but said two young men entered the room, one pointing a small handgun at him. They took the money he had and his car keys, told him not to follow them and left.

The victim said he went to his vehicle, where he found the female rummaging through his belongings. When he yelled at her, she threw the keys at him and fled the scene. He grabbed a towel from his vehicle to cover himself, then drove to the entrance of the apartment complex and flagged down a passing officer.

The victim was questioned by investigators, who were also able to view surveillance video from the store and identify the female juvenile. Officers canvassed the area around the apartment complex and located her, taking her into custody.

From descriptions provided by the victim, investigators were able to identify Smith as one of the two male suspects. They are working to determine the identity of the second suspect.


I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.