A committal hearing was held in Troup County Magistrate Court on Thursday for a suspect in the 2013 armed robbery of a restaurant on West Point Road.
James C. Jenkins, 43, of Auburn, Alabama, is accused of armed robbery in the July 25, 2013, stick up of the Hog Heaven barbecue restaurant at 2000 block of West Point Road.
Troup County Sheriff’s deputy Jeff Duran testified the robbery victim told him a man entered the restaurant that day, pointed a silver pistol and ordered employees to hand over the cash register drawer, which contained around $200 and several credit card receipts. The robber was wearing sun glasses and a bandana over his head at the time.
The deputy told the court he was unable to recover finger prints from the scene, but did make contact with multiple witnesses who described seeing a suspicious white male and a burgundy sport utility vehicle in the area. A surveillance tape that captured the robbery was also handed over to investigators.
Police canines were brought to the area in an attempt to track the suspect, but turned up nothing.
The case went cold for more than a year until an anonymous tip was made earlier this month to Troup County Crime Stoppers that was “very detailed,” the deputy testified.
The caller identified the vehicle and its tag number, gave names and an account of events after the robbery.
Based on this information, investigators obtained a warrant for Jenkins’ arrest, and he was apprehended in Auburn, Alabama, on July 29.
Troup County Chief Magistrate Judge Vickie Sue McWaters found that there was enough evidence to proceed with Jenkins’ trial and sent the case to Troup County Superior Court.
Jenkins is represented by LaGrange Attorney Peter Alford, of the law firm Daniel, Hadden & Alford, P.C . It is not yet known when Jenkins’ next court appearance will occur.
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