3 F’ville IHOP parking lot robbers caught quickly

Armed robbers in the IHOP restaurant parking lot in Fayetteville Sunday night did not make it out of town before being nabbed by police. Two men and a woman were arrested after their vehicle was spotted by an officer on the way to the scene.

Twenty-six-year-old Dandre N. Pottninger of Hampton, 26-year-old Zakee S. Tolbert of Riverdale and 21-year-old Debrona Zyethia Freeman of Lithonia were all charged with robbery, possession of a handgun during the commission of a felony and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, according to Fayetteville Police spokesperson Steve Crawshaw.

The robbery occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m., Crawshaw said, when a gray Dodge Charger pulled into the parking lot, a man jumped out and, at gunpoint, demanded items from the two victims.

Officers responding to the scene observed a gray Charger and stopped the vehicle, said Crawshaw. One of the vehicle’s occupants fit the physical description and was wearing clothing also described by the victims, Crawshaw said. The victims also provided officers at the scene with a description of the jewelry and a cellphone that had been stolen, Crawshaw added.

A search of the vehicle revealed a chrome handgun, the cellphone in Freeman’s purse and a bracelet that fell out of the lap of one of the occupants as he exited the car, Crawshaw said. A small amount of marijuana was also found in the console area, he added.

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