A would-be robber picked the wrong store to hide in Tuesday when he attempted to evade arrest in Jimmy’s Fine Jewelry store at 1112 Broadway, according to officials.
Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Randy Robertson said the attempted robbery was in process at about 1 p.m. While Robertson walked downtown with his wife, two victims were sprinting down the sidewalk toward him, claiming that a man was attempting to rob them.
“I told my wife to hang on for a minute while I figured out what was going on,” Robertson said.
However, Robertson said Jimmy Wire, the store owner, was holding the suspect on the ground when authorities arrived.
“Jimmy came prepared,” Robertson said.
According to Wire, when the suspect’s victims began calling for help, the man ducked into Jimmy’s Fine Jewelry — an establishment that prepares for potential crime.
“We have a code here,” Wire said. “I asked him if he had a gun. He said no, but I pointed him out of the store with my gun and told him to lay on the ground.”
Stanley Heath was charged with pointing a gun or pistol, possession of firearm by a convicted felon, reckless conduct and violation of probation. He was being transported to Muscogee County Jail at about 1:30 p.m.
Later, authorities recovered a pistol in a maroon vehicle parked near the jewelry store.
When asked about his confrontation with the suspect, Wire said he always tries to stay prepared, especially against armed robbers.
“You can’t wait for the police to show up,” Wire said. “By the time they show up, it’s long over.”