CONYERS — Most people have a photo taken of them on their birthday to remember the occasion. Dwight Henderson of Conyers had a photo taken he may want to forget. Henderson, 19, was arrested on his birthday and charged along with three others for allegedly stealing a car parked at a gas station on West Avenue on July 16.
One of the other three suspects, Sedric Wynn, 17, of Conyers, is also facing charges in Atlanta after allegedly leading police on a chase in the stolen car, and has also been charged in the July 8 armed robbery and carjacking of an elderly woman on Peek Street.
The other two suspects arrested are Tyshawn Pitts, 18, and Jamil Alls, 17, both from Conyers. All four are facing motor vehicle theft and felony street gang activity charges.
The car theft last Tuesday began about 5 a.m. when a car was left running at the Shell Station on West Avenue, according to Conyers Police Capt. Jackie Dunn. Surveillance video shows the four suspects in one car at the station. One of the teens appears to get into the car left running, and then both vehicles take off.
A short time later, an officer spotted the stolen vehicle at another gas station and a pursuit started. The chase was called off for safety reasons.
But Dunn said the suspects didn’t know that the stolen car had a tracking device in it. Later on Tuesday, Atlanta Police spotted the car with one person inside and gave chase. The driver, identified as Wynn, eventually wrecked and was arrested at the scene.
The other three, including Henderson, were arrested at their homes in Conyers. All four suspects are being held at the Rockdale County Jail without bond.
Wynn has also been charged in the July 8 carjacking at gunpoint of an elderly woman in front of a business on Peek Street.
Conyers officers were dispatched to the carjacking call about 5:37 p.m. While en route, dispatch advised that a male suspect had stolen a Honda Accord and was last seen driving west on Institute Street.
When officers arrived, the 78-year-old woman said she was taking a break from where she worked on Peek Street and was sitting on her front passenger seat with the door open and smoked a cigarette.
The victim said the suspect came up to the passenger side of the car, pointed a handgun at her told her to get out of the car and onto the ground. She did so and the suspect got into the driver’s side, started the car and left. The woman was not injured in the incident, and ran inside the business to call 911.
A Be On The Lookout was issued for the Accord and the suspect. About 48 minutes later, a Conyers officer on patrol spotted the abandoned vehicle in front of the Meadow Crossing apartment complex on Millcrest Walk off Irwin Bridge Road. It was impounded and towed to the Conyers Police Department for processing.