Arrests Made in Bay Creek Park Armed Robbery

So far two suspects, one from Grayson and one from Loganville, Ga., have been arrested and charged in an armed robbery that happened in Bay Creek Park on May 18.

Gwinnett Police are making progress in arresting the suspects in an armed robbery that took place at last month.

According to an incident report from Gwinnett County Police Department, officers were flagged down by the victim a little before midnight on May 18. The victim reported that a group of suspects had accosted him near the skate park when the lights in the area went out. He reported that there were three men involved in the robbery.

As soon as the lights went out, one is reported to have brandished a silver revolver. He is reported to have said to the victim, “It sure is a nice night for a robbery. With the lights out, nobody can see me.”

The victim was told to give everything he had, which he did, reportedly turning over a pack of cigarettes, a pocketknife and his hat.

The suspect then ran across the parking lot, where he was picked up in a white Honda Civic by one of the other suspects. Witnesses told police this was not the first robbery of it’s kind in the park and some believed some of the same suspects were involved. 

One of the suspects, , was arrest last month and a second, James Darnell Peace, of Loganville, was arrested on June 4. Peace was picked up at Bay Creek Park. Police report a third suspect is still under investigation. Thonton was charged with armed robbery, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime and four counts of entering an auto. Peace was charged with armed robbery and making false statements. Both men remain in Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond.

Bay Creek Park is located in unincorporated Gwinnett County between Grayson and Loganville, Ga. This is not the first time problems have been reported at this location. off a firestorm with many area residents saying the park should be closed after hours.

Jennifer June 20, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I hate to read about awful things going on in this park because I frequent it with my children. If no one hung out in the dark after the lights went out there would be no one to rob. Kids, teens, adults, go home before the lights are out and stay with a group.
Sharon Swanepoel June 20, 2012 at 02:50 PM
If you know of other people using guns to hold up visitors to the park, please notify the authorities Mary. That is very definitely against the law. Armed robbery is a serious charge and these people have given up a lot just to net a pack of cigarettes, a pocketknife and a hat. Not a smart move at all!
Rita Lord June 21, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Cindie - This was not the first time these three have robbed people, it just so happens that the last time was at Bay Creek Park. Mary - When your child has a gun pointed to her/his head then you will see how real it gets. Jennifer - Maybe the person was trying to leave the park by 11 PM and was stalled by these three running the timer out on the lights. Sharon - Kudos
Tammy Osier June 21, 2012 at 06:38 PM
So, Mary, what kinds of other things do you consider "OK" since armed robbery seems to be no biggie for you? Really? You live if a different world than the resst of us it seems.
SUNKEN SUB October 10, 2012 at 05:43 PM
"The victim was told to give everything he had, which he did, reportedly turning over a pack of cigarettes, a pocketknife and his hat." Lets call it 20 bucks, For another pack of butts they could have bought Manhattan Island. What a bunch of duds.


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