Dalton man arrested after June Facebook phone sale in Kroger Parking lot turns into armed robbery
According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on Saturday, June 13th, 2020, at around 2:20 PM, an officer responded to 1205 North Glenwood Avenue in reference to an armed robbery that had just occurred. The officer located the victim in the parking lot of the Del Taco. He was standing by with the witness, who works at the restaurant. The victim stated that he traveled to the Kroger to sell an I-phone XR to a subject he met on Facebook. He stated that the subject, a young black male in a blue windbreaker type jacket, approached his driver's side door and asked to see the VIN of the phone. The victim stated he did not get out of the car and just held the device out the window so that the male could see the number. He stated that he briefly looked away, and the male snatched the phone and ran. The victim stated that he chased the subject around the parking lot of the Kroger in his car. That suspect ran around the gas pumps and then around the Del Taco. The victim stated that the suspect ran behind a white Jeep Liberty and gave the tag number. The victim said that the suspect then pulled a handgun and told him to go away. The victim got in the vehicle and fled the scene towards Springdale Road. The victim did not see which direction they went after that due to getting stuck in traffic in the parking lot. The vehicle is registered to a female the victim stated he was communicating with on Facebook. Officer identified the male suspect as Damontae Jawon Haynes, 20 of Dalton. The case was turned over to the criminal investigations division. On Thursday, July 2nd, 2020, at around 8:00 AM, Whitfield County Deputies obtained custody of Damontae Jawon Haynes from the Bay County Jail. Haynes had an active felony warrant out of Whitfield County. Deputies transported Haynes, along with two other inmates who were picked up from the Pinellas County Jail six hours back to Whitfield County. Once there, a deputy served Haynes with warrants for robbery, aggravated assault with weapon or object, and felony probation violation. Haynes reminds in the Whitfield County Jail on no bond.