Suspect identified in Love’s robbery

Published 5:31 pm Friday, November 11, 2022

One suspect has been arrested but two others are sought for an armed robbery that occurred outside Love’s Travel Stop on Bass Cross Road in Hogansville Thursday night.

Around 8 p.m. on Nov. 10, Hogansville police first became involved with the incident when they received information from 911 that a person was following a silver Lexus on Interstate 85 after being robbed at the truck stop.

The 911 caller said they had met with the vehicle for an online transaction to purchase tools from individuals from Jonesboro, advised Hogansville Police Chief Jeff Sheppard.

“When he went to inspect the tools, they pulled a gun, held him at gunpoint and robbed him of his money. Then they took off from Love’s heading south on the interstate,” Sheppard said.

The victim then followed the suspects and called 911. Sheppard said it was out of their jurisdiction at that point, so a be-on-the-lookout warning was sent to surrounding counties in reference to the suspect vehicle.

Troup County sheriff’s deputies later located the Lexus in the area of Rakestraw Rd. and attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop. Deputies pursued the vehicle throughout the county and eventually onto I-85 headed north.

The vehicle was ultimately stopped using a PIT maneuver near mile marker 37 on I-185.

Two individuals fled the vehicle on foot and the driver was arrested. The suspects on foot have not been located, according to Sheppard.

The driver of the vehicle has since been identified as Joshua Anderson, of Jonesboro, Georgia.

Anderson was charged with armed robbery, possession of a firearm during a commission of a crime and aggravated assault.

Additional charges are pending for Anderson and his unknown passengers.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or the identity of the passengers is asked to contact Hogansville Police Sgt. S. Williams at (706) 637-6648 or via at email swilliams@hogansvillepd.com.