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PORTERDALE — Quick work by a Porterdale Police officer led to the arrest of an armed robbery suspect two minutes after police arrived at the scene.

According to a news release from the Porterdale Police Department, officers and deputies from the Newton County Sheriff’s office responded at 12:05 a.m. Wednesday to an armed robbery call at the BP Gas Station at the intersection of South Broad Street and Crowell Road.

Officer Ryan Boston with the Porterdale Police Department arrived on location and was provided a description of the suspect by the clerk. Boston was able to locate a male matching the description, later identified as Joe Daniel Thompson Sr., 68, of 30 Saratoga Way in Covington, in a neighboring business. According to the release, Thompson was detained without incident at 12:07 a.m.

Based on the rapid response of Boston to the scene and locating Thompson, the cash allegedly taken during the robbery was located and returned to the BP Gas Station.

Porterdale Police Sgt. Charles Cook was contacted and responded to the scene and began investigating the robbery. During the course of the investigation probable cause was established and Thompson was placed under arrest for armed robbery. He is currently being held at the Newton County Law Enforcement Center.

Anyone with any information about the robbery is encouraged to contact Sgt. Cook at 770-786-2226 (office), 678-740-2622 (cell), or at ccook@cityofporterdale.com.

Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.

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