published Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Woman arrested in Whitfield County two years after robbery

More than two years after the fact, a woman is in Whitfield County Jail in connection to a robbery.

Samantha King Sanford, 28, lived with a man in the McGhee Place Apartments when the man got robbed in July 2011. Police believed Sanford coordinated with the robbers, but investigators could not find her until Monday, when the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office arrested her in a desperate incident and then drove Sanford to Whitfield County.

Sanford is being held on eight charges, including armed robbery, aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit a felony.

At the time of the robbery, Sanford was romantically linked to the victim. The two alleged robbers, Lavalis Sentell Ward and Alexander Blake Austin, were both arrested in the moths after the incident, but Sanford remained at large.

According to a Dalton Police news release, Austin and Ward banged on the victim's door on that July 2011 night, and the victim refused to answer. Instead he picked up his daughter, exited out the back of his apartment and tried to run around the building. As he escaped, though, one of the robbers hit him in the head with a gun.

Sanford was also wanted in connection to another robbery prior to Monday. In January 2010, according to the release, Sanford and a man were walking along Hawthorne Street when Ramon Walker stopped them. He pulled out a knife and robbed them.

Investigators later learned that Walker and Sanfrod were working together. Walker is already in prison in Massachusetts on separate charges.

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