Bibb County Sheriff Deputies arrested a Macon man in connection with a commercial armed robbery that took place at around 2:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

According to witness statements, a male wearing all black clothing, a black colored hooded sweatshirt and facial covering entered the Family Dollar, located at 2123 Pio Nono Avenue. The male brandished a handgun and demanded money from the cash registers. The suspect received an undisclosed amount of money and then fled the store, last seen running towards Catherine Drive. None of the store’s employees or customers were injured during this incident.

Deputies arrived at the Family Dollar and immediately canvased the area. Sheriff’s Deputies located the suspect near Anthony Road and Ballard Hudson School. A foot pursuit ensued, and deputies were able to apprehend 28-year-old Fred James Harris of Macon.  During the foot pursuit through a wooded area, one of the deputies received minor injuries during a brief struggle with Harris. The deputy was transported to the hospital and later released.

Harris was transported to the Bibb County L.E.C. and charged with Armed Robbery, Felony Obstruction, Robbery by Intimidation, Theft by Shoplifting- misdemeanor, and Probation Violation. 

The media release in the referencing the Napier Ave Commercial Robbery by Intimidation is attached below.

Anyone with information in reference to either incident is urged to contact the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500 or Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME. 

 March 16, 2020

Public’s Assistance locating Suspect Wanted for Commercial  Robbery Of Family Dollar

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the suspect involved in the robbery of Family Dollar, located at 3600 Napier Ave.   

It was reported that on Monday night just after 9:00 p.m.  A male suspect entered the store with his hand concealed in his pockets. The suspect handed the cashier a note demanding money from the two store employees.  After taking an undisclosed amount of money the suspect fled on foot.

After watching surveillance footage. Investigators later identified the suspect as 28-year-old Fred James Harris of Macon.

Photograph of the suspect is attached.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspect or has information about the incident is urged to call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500, or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.