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Arrest made in motel robbery

LIVINGSTON-With the help of three different local law enforcement agencies, an armed robbery that occurred in Livingston on Saturday, June 26 ended with a Georgia resident being arrested in Greene County the next morning.

Livingston Police Chief Ashley Welborn said Rodney Allen Reed, 23 of Covington, Georgia was arrested on Sunday morning at 12:30 a.m. in Boligee for the Saturday night armed robbery of the Livingston Motel. Thanks to the assistance received from the Greene County Sheriff’s Department and Sumter County Sheriff’s Department, the robber is now sitting in the Sumter County jail with a $30,000 waiting to face the judge, he said.

“He walked into the Livingston Motel at 11:45 p.m. on Saturday night wearing a mask while carrying a handgun and demanded cash from the register,” Welborn said, “He received an undetermined amount of cash and then fled the scene in the manager’s 2001 Chevrolet Malibu.”

Greene County Sheriff Johnny Isaac said they were contacted about the robbery because the suspect could be in the Greene County area. A deputy spotted what appeared to be the manager’s car parked in the Airwood Apartments in Boligee and then requested backup, he said.

“The suspect was still in the car, but once the deputy pulled into the apartments the suspect jumped out of the car and ran for the woods,” Isaac said.

Once the suspect was in custody, they searched the vehicle and recovered the money from the robbery, the manager’s purse and the firearm used in the robbery, he said. They also found some Marijuana in the car.

“We are charging him with receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm, and possession of Marijuana,” Isaac said, “Livingston is charging him with Robbery I.”