• Law enforcement officers from Fannin and Gilmer counties, and the Georgia State Patrol, gather at the intersection of Highway 515 and Ray Mountain Road Friday morning where a suspected bank robber was apprehended after a high-speed pursuit. (Photo by Mark Millican)
    Law enforcement officers from Fannin and Gilmer counties, and the Georgia State Patrol, gather at the intersection of Highway 515 and Ray Mountain Road Friday morning where a suspected bank robber was apprehended after a high-speed pursuit. (Photo by Mark Millican)

Suspected bank robber nabbed in Gilmer County

A robbery suspect’s freedom was short-lived Friday morning when he was arrested within minutes after stealing cash from the BB&T bank on Highway 515 in Blue Ridge.

Andrae DeCarlos Foster, 39, of Powder Springs, was arrested after a high-speed chase that began in Blue Ridge and ended without incident near Appalachian Supply on 515 in Gilmer County, a few miles northeast of Ellijay.

Capt. Rob Stuart of the Blue Ridge Police Department said a call was received around 9:30 a.m. that BB&T had been robbed.

A bank patron was at a teller window when cash was put on the counter. The suspect, described as a black male and later identified as Foster, allegedly knocked the patron to the side, took the cash and ran out the door.

Foster ran across the open area beside the bank to his car, which he had left parked near the First Franklin and Subway businesses in the nearby shopping plaza. Customers and employees from the bank were able to describe both the suspect and car, Stuart said.

A few minutes later, Investigator Scott Galloway and Deputy Brian Wingate of the Fannin County Sheriff’s Department spotted a vehicle matching the vehicle’s description in the parking lot of the complex just off 515 containing Cohutta Feed and the University of North Georgia, Stuart said. When the suspect spotted the deputies, he left the parking lot, driving
erratically.

Deputies gave chase south on 515 and were joined by Lt. Gary Huffman of the Blue Ridge Police Department.

The pursuit continued into Gilmer County, reaching speeds of over 100 mph, before Foster stopped without incident at the intersection of 515 and Ray Mountain Road near Appalachian Supply, Stuart said.

Also taking part in the chase and arrest were the Georgia State Patrol, Ellijay Police Department and Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office.

Stuart said Foster was taken into custody around 9:45 a.m. and returned to the Fannin County jail, where he remained Monday.

Foster is charged with simple battery, robbery, fleeing/attempting to elude and several traffic charges.

Stuart said no weapons were involved in the robbery, and the small amount of cash taken was recovered.

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