3 cuffed for botched robbery in Fayetteville


Fayetteville police early Sunday morning arrested three men who attempted to rob a local couple, police said.

The victims, who own an Asian restaurant in East Point, were apparently followed home and were confronted by two of the three suspects who demanded money, police said. The male victim then gave chase, forcing both suspects to flee to their vehicle.

911 was called and a lookout for the suspects’ large white car was broadcast to local law enforcement. A Fayetteville patrol lieutenant spotted the vehicle, a 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis, and stopped it. A semi-automatic pistol was found inside the vehicle, police said.

Arrested and charged with criminal attempt to commit robbery were Brian Lemonte Hall, 21 of College Park, Demarcus Jerome Willingham, 22 and Brandon Hardy, 21 of Fairburn, police said. Hardy and Willingham were charged with giving false information to a police officer, and Willingham also has an outstanding warrant from the city of Fairburn, police said.

The incident is still under investigation and other charges may be filed in connection with the case, police said.