(Media release from the Floyd County Police Department):
A man who is suspected in the armed robbery of two women on Friday morning in Shannon is in jail following a police pursuit in one of the vehicles he stole from Floyd County.
The Cartersville man approached two victims with a gun this morning before dawn and stole their vehicles. In one case he held the gun to the face of the victim before speeding away and crashing her car.
Alex Bernard Joyner, 30, of 94 May Road was arrested by the Gordon County Sheriff Office following a police lookout this morning around 6 a.m. Deputies pursued him from Ga 53 Spur until he crashed near the Calhoun Post Office. He is being held in Gordon County Jail on charges of felony fleeing law enforcement, weapons violations and miscellaneous traffic offenses.
Joyner will face charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, false imprisonment and weapons violations after he is transferred to Floyd County Jail.
According to third shift patrol officers from the Floyd County Police Department, Joyner approached a woman at her home on New Hermitage Road at around 5:50 a.m. She attempted to close her door to escape his advance but he forced it open and pointed a pistol to her face, demanding she turn over the car. He subsequently crashed the stolen Chrysler Pacifica in a sharp curve near Ga 53 and walked to a nearby gas station on Ga 140.
The suspect approached the gas station attendant at around 6:20 a.m., pointed a gun at her and told her to hand over her keys. The suspect promised that she would get the car back “when they catch me.”
There were no injuries reported from either incident in Floyd County. Gordon County authorities report that Joyner crashed the stolen Infinite into another vehicle while he was evading their arrest.