Augusta robbery suspects arrested after monthlong search

Richmond County deputies say two suspects have been arrested in connection with a “robbery by force” at LuLu’s Car Wash, 1456 Jackson Road, on Nov. 17.
Published: Nov. 18, 2022 at 3:54 PM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Two suspects were arrested in connection to a robbery after a monthlong search.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office were searching for two suspects in a robbery.

Authorities announced Wednesday the suspects have been found.

The “robbery by force” happened at LuLu’s Car Wash, 1456 Jackson Road, on Nov. 17.

The suspects were identified as:

  • Joquel Downs, 28, described as 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 140 pounds.
  • Erin Vsetis Smith, 23, described as 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighing 120 pounds.

Authorities had asked the public to be on the lookout for the pair, but deputies canceled the alert Wednesday, saying the pair had been caught.

Downs was being held Wednesday in Richmond County jail on charges of robbery by force, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and reckless conduct. Smith was being held on a charge of robbery by force.