CARROLLTON, Ga. - Carrollton police are crediting a newspaper delivery man with helping them to nab an apparent armed robber.
It happened early Wednesday morning at a Carrollton Citgo gas station on Alabama Road which had just been robbed.
Raymond Ackey said he noticed the armed man leaving the store and decided to give chase.
“He jumped in his car and took off and I noticed in the window that a dude on the phone looked out and was taking the tag number and I didn’t see no tag on the car so I immediately took chase,” said Ackey.
Ackey chased in his car he was using on his early morning paper route. However instead of delivering the news he was making it, especially when things took a dangerous turn a few blocks into the pursuit.
“He opened his door and started firing and I leaned on the passenger side and when I got back up I shot back at him and he took off again,” said Ackey.
Carrollton police said Ackey quickly got in touch with them.
“He immediately followed the vehicle and called 911 and let us know what was going on exactly what his involvement was,” said Detective Brandon Podaras.
He said Ackey was instrumental in the capture of 25 year old Michael Dennis Hines, who crashed his car off the side of a road and was found hiding under a bridge.
“We’re thankful this gentleman did what he did but we also people not to do this just to keep themselves out of danger. He helped us out a good bit and helped us break a couple of cases,” said Detective Podaras.
He said based on evidence and similar clothing Hines has been linked to at least three other recent Carrollton gas station robberies.
“So what is it that gives you that fearlessness? The Lord,” said Ackey.
The 44 year old father and grandfather stopped by to say hello to the people at the gas station, thankful to have been helpful to them and police in thwarting an armed robbery and more.
“I wouldn’t change nothing. I would do it again,” said Ackey.
Carrollton Police said Ackey was not charged since he was defending himself.
Carrollton Police said the suspect, Michael Dennis Hines, faces more than a dozen charges connected to robberies, traffic and weapons violations.
Police told FOX 5 News Hines was a janitor at the University of West Georgia.