Man arrested for alleged robbery, assault

Published 10:17 pm Monday, October 30, 2017

A LaGrange man was arrested after leading police officers on a short vehicle pursuit and attempting to rob a store on Sunday morning, according to a LaGrange Police Department news release. Ean Sparks, 28, was arrested after allegedly attempting to rob the Dollar General on Colquitt Street.

According to a LPD police report, an employee was approached by Sparks near the store’s phone chargers. After showing him the section, the employee saw Sparks go to the back office of the store.

According to another employee who was in the back room, Sparks told him to go to the register and give him the money in it.

Sparks then pulled out a 380 Ruger and pointed it at the employee, according to the police report. The employee then moved to the register. The first employee followed Sparks out of the building, and the suspect pointed the gun at him and pulled the trigger. The gun jammed, according to the police report.

According to the press release, officers responded to an emergency call about the robbery. Sparks entered a vehicle and escaped the parking lot. However, shortly after police officers stopped him at the intersection of Brown Street and Smoot Street with a precise incapacitation technique.

Sparks is charged with armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during commission of a crime, kidnapping and multiple traffic violations, according to the news release.

LaGrange Police Sgt. Robert Kirby said it is common for suspects charged with robbery to also be charged with kidnapping because they hold someone against their will and force them to move from one area to another.