F’ville carjacking suspect arrested

Fayetteville Police investigators on Wednesday afternoon arrested a Fairburn man that had been sought in connection with the Dec. 21 carjacking of two women in the parking lot of the Kindred Nursing Home in Fayetteville.

Det. Mike Whitlow said 26-year-old Charles Frank Collier, Jr. was arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges of one count of robbery by intimidation, one count of battery, two counts of simple assault and one count of theft of a motor vehicle.

Whitlow said the arrest was in relation to a Dec. 21 incident when two Fayetteville women visiting the Kindred Nursing Home on Brandywine Boulevard were attacked and their car stolen. The incident occurred at approximately 2 p.m. as the two sisters, one in her 60s and the other in her 80s, were in the nursing home parking lot when a man came out of an adjacent wooded area, pushed the woman in her 60s to the ground and stole the car belonging to the woman in her 80s. Both women suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene, Whitlow said.

Collier was arrested at his parent’s home in Fairburn. Whitlow said Collier did not initially come to the door when officers arrived for him. Whitlow said Collier’s father essentially struck a deal with the officers, saying that he would bring his son out. The father was able to bring Collier to investigators where he was arrested without incident, said Whitlow.

The car was found on Dec. 23 in Lanett, Alabama, Whitlow said, adding that Collier had a family relation in the area. The evidence found in the vehicle contained Collier’s identity, Whitlow said, though he could not divulge what that evidence included since aspects of the investigation are continuing.

Whitlow said the Dec. 21 incident has been the department’s top priority.

“It goes with saying that this was a priority. This does not happen here very often. I can’t remember the last time we had a carjacking here, especially at a nursing home,” Whitlow said. “This was our priority, so we’re very happy to get this person in jail. “

Whitlow thanked the Fairburn Police Dept. and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in the case.