According to a press release from Sheriff Larry Amerson, two suspects identified by deputies as Kevin Scott Lawrence, 24, of Pell City and Brian Mason Carnes, 22, of Jacksonville, approached two men in the parking lot of A.J.’s Bar and Grill in Anniston. The suspects asked the victims, from Rome, Ga., for money. The victims refused the request and drove away in a vehicle, the release said.
Calhoun County Chief Deputy Matthew Wade said that while driving down Choccolocco Road, the suspects drove their vehicle in front of the victims’ vehicle, forcing them to stop. According to Wade, Lawrence and Carnes used sticks to break the victims’ windows and hit the victims while continuing to demand money. The victims were again able to drive away and park in a nearby driveway on Choccolocco Road, Wade said.
As the victims were attempting to ask a homeowner for help, Lawrence and Carnes began chasing them on foot, the chief deputy said. When the homeowner stepped outside, the assault stopped and deputies were called.
Lawrence was arrested by deputies at the scene, but Carnes evaded arrest, Wade said.
Deputies followed a lead to Carnes’ location and discovered him at a home in Rainbow City late Tuesday night. When Calhoun County and Etowah County deputies assigned to a U.S. Marshals Task Force tried to serve Carnes with a warrant, he barricaded himself in the home, according to a press release from Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin.
The release said Carnes had two hostages with him, a brother and sister, who were safely released to deputies. Wade said Carnes refused to leave the home and told deputies he had a rifle and a pistol.
“We didn’t want him to hurt himself or anyone else,” Wade said.
According to the press release, the task force was able to negotiate with Carnes after several hours and he was peacefully taken into custody shortly after 3 a.m. on Wednesday.
No one required medical treatment after the assault and robbery Sunday, Sheriff Amerson said.
Wade said the victims and the suspects did not know each other.
“They (the victims) were enjoying a night out, they came to Anniston to visit friends and party,” Wade said.
Amerson said he thought the incident was a crime of opportunity.
The chief deputy said that as of Thursday, Lawrence was in Calhoun County Jail. A police report showed Lawrence’s bond had been revoked and no court date had been scheduled. Wade said Carnes was still in the Etowah County jail, but would be brought to the Calhoun County jail soon.
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