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DACULA — Investigators got a break in the murder case of retired deputy Felix Cosme who was killed during an armed robbery of the O’Reilly’s Auto Parts Store on Hamilton Mill Road that occurred on January 8, 2020.  Police were able to identify the suspects in connection with his murder after they robbed another auto parts store in Dacula on Monday.

Officers with the Gwinnett Police Department’s East Precinct responded to an armed robbery call Monday at approximately 9 p.m. at the Auto Zone located at 645 Dacula Road in Dacula.

Employees of the Auto Zone told the responding officers that a black male entered the store and demanded cash while pointing a gun at them.  The suspect then fled the store leaving the scene in a black car.

The black car was found wrecked about 3 miles away from the Auto Zone on La Maison Drive.  The suspects fled the vehicle causing an extensive search for them.  A reverse 911 call was sent out to neighboring homes and subdivisions alerting them to the situation.  The suspects were not located.

Detectives and officers were able to piece together the identities of the two suspects and it was determined that these suspects were the same ones wanted in connection with the murder of retired deputy Felix Cosme.  Cosme was shot and killed while working at the O’Reilly’s Auto Parts.

The two suspects were identified as Tavares Norah (age 25) and Prince Robertson (age 27).  Tavares Norah turned himself into the Gwinnett County Jail on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.  He is currently charged with Armed Robbery (2 counts), Aggravated Assault (2 counts), Kidnapping (2 counts), and Possession of a Firearm during a Felony (1 count).  Robertson is still at large.  Murder charges are expected on both suspects.

Prince Robertson is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 153 lbs.  He currently has a cornrow hairstyle.  He was wearing dark clothing on June 1.  He is considered armed and dangerous.

The FBI is still offering a reward of $15,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspects involved in this crime.  This reward money is separate from the reward offered by Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta.  Tipsters interested in the reward are encouraged to call the FBI at (770) 216-3331.

  • Homicide Unit:          770-513-5794
  • FBI Tip Line:              770-216-3331
  • Crime Stoppers:        404-577-8477

— Staff Reports

BY:

alicia@northgwinnettvoice.com

Alicia joined the North Gwinnett Voice, as the Editor, shortly after the first publication. She is a homegrown Buford native, with the southern charm and "bless your heart" included. ...

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