Adrian Wordlow

Adrian Wordlow (via social media)

A former Anniston resident who was found in Carrollton, Ga., shot to death earlier this month has been identified as the suspect in the attempted robbery of a Villa Rica, Ga., Waffle House Sept. 13.

Authorities have identified him as Adrian Wordlow, 28, of Bowdon, Ga.

According to a news release from police in Villa Rica, a male suspect entered the restaurant on Highway 61 around 12:30 a.m. and, pointing a gun at the employees, announced he was robbing the business. A customer dining inside the restaurant shot the suspect, who was nevertheless able to flee the scene and leave the property in a small dark-colored vehicle driven by another man. 

The would-be robber dropped his weapon as he fled; it was later determined to be a BB gun.

Later in the morning of that day, according to the Villa Rica news release, Carrollton police learned of the discovery of a dead person next to a vehicle matching the description of the one linked to the armed robbery suspect. During the investigation, the dead man was identified as Wordlow. It was also determined he was the suspect who had attempted to rob the Waffle House.

Though Wordlow had been living in Bowdon, he was known in Anniston as a gospel singer and had served four years ago as the youth pastor for the Life Center, and after that served as associate pastor at Washington Heights Baptist Church, both in Anniston.

During the course of their cooperative investigation, police of the Villa Rica and Carrollton departments determined that the getaway vehicle at the Waffle House had been driven by Terrell Lovon Bailey, 41, from Carrollton. Authorities arrested Bailey on Sept. 19 and charged him with murder, aggravated assault, and criminal attempt to commit armed robbery due to his involvement in the crimes and the resulting death of Wordlow.

The customer who shot Wordlow inside the Waffle House in response to the robbery attempt is not being charged.

NOTE: This post was updated 9-20-18 to add details about Wordlow's history as a pastor.

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