On Wednesday morning, April 3, 2019, a North Carolina man prompts an assault call in southern Hall County and then robs a convenience store. He is later arrested after a brief chase.
Hall County Sheriff deputies responded to a call about an assault that took place on Sherwin Parkway off of GA 13/Atlanta Highway in southern Hall County at approximately 5:44 a.m. While the deputies were en route to the assault call, Hall County 9-1-1 dispatch notified the deputies that the male suspect involved in the assault had left the original scene off of Sherwin Parkway. The suspect went to the QuikTrip located at the corner of GA 347/Friendship Road and Atlanta Highway where he went through the cash register.
The suspect fled from the QuikTrip in an Acura MDX at a high rate of speed and was traveling along Friendship Road towards I-985. A bystander followed the suspect’s vehicle and saw it go behind a building on B.U. Bowman Drive.
Hall County Sheriff deputies responded quickly to the location off of B.U. Bowman Drive. They located the suspect and ordered him to stop. The suspect, still in his SUV refused to obey orders and instead sped around the deputies. His vehicle was later disabled near Bristol Industrial Way after he hit the concrete median on Friendship Road.
The suspect refused to exit his vehicle after deputies from Hall County and Flowery Branch Police officers approached him. He resisted arrest but was ultimately taken into custody and transported to the Hall County Jail. The suspect has been identified as Demontae Cortez Lassiter, 29, of Durham, North Carolina.
According to the preliminary investigation, Lassiter committed a robbery while he was at the QuikTrip. Initial information indicates no weapons were involved in the robbery or original assault, and injuries were minor.
Lassiter will face charges including two counts of battery, robbery, three counts of obstruction and fleeing to elude.
The case remains under investigation by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.