Newnan Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested


A man suspected of robbing the Wells Fargo branch in downtown Newnan has been arrested.

On Nov. 29, the man entered the branch just after noon. He showed a weapons, took money from a teller and fled.

The suspect, Lawrence D. Franklin, of Columbus, was later arrested in Atlanta on other charges.

Here is the official Newnan Police Department report:

On 11/29/2019 at 1218 hours an unknown black male wearing a yellow traffic vest, black shirt, pants, and stocking cap, entered Wells Fargo Bank, located at 30 Greenville St. The male approached the teller and passed a note demanding money. The suspect then lifted his shirt exposing a semi-auto pistol located in his waistband. The teller gave the subject money from her drawer. He then demanded access to the safe. After being told she could not open the safe, the suspect exited the bank towards Perry St.

A BOLO was sent out to all surrounding agencies as well as social media.

On 12/2/2019 Detective Kline received a call from Atlanta Police Detective Maldon who advised the bank robbery suspect was in their custody on unrelated charges.

Detective Kline and an FBI special agent went to the Atlanta Police Department and were able to interview the suspect who has now been identified as 34-year old Columbus, Ga resident Lawrence D. Franklin.

During his interview, Franklin admitted to committing the robbery at the Newnan, GA Wells Fargo.

Charges of Armed robbery are being filed by Det. Kline.

Franklin is also being held on other charges in Atlanta, GA.

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