clear
Wednesday July 1st, 2015 12:52AM

Duluth man charged with armed robbery, impersonating an officer

By Staff
LAWRENCEVILLE - A man charged with armed robbery in a pharmacy hold-up in Lawrenceville Tuesday many be responsible for other crimes in Gwinnett and Forsyth counties.

Matthew Buddin, 33, of Duluth was arrested Wednesday just after 1 p.m., according to an email statement from the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Buddin is believed to be responsible for an armed robbery that took place Tuesday at the Rite Aid Pharmacy at 1545 Lawrenceville Highway in unincorporated Lawrenceville. During the hold-up, Buddin allegedly brandished a handgun and ordered employees to the ground. He took a few bottles of pills from the pharmacy and then fled the scene on a motorcycle, according to authorities.

An officer apparently spotted the motorcycle Wednesday and tried to stop the driver, who fled the scene. That same motorcycle was located at River Summit Trail in Duluth. Buddin attempted to run from the scene, but he was caught by officers.

Currently, Buddin faces a long list of charges in Gwinnett County, including armed robbery, impersonating an officer and a long list of traffic offenses.

In addition, Gwinnett authorities said other jurisdictions [the Lawrenceville Police Department, the Duluth Police Department and the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office] are investigation Buddin for impersonation of a police officer during commission of several crimes. They said Buddin displayed a Gwinnett County police badge and a holstered handgun at the time.

So far, no charges have been filed in other jurisdictions.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 6 months ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 6 months ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 5 months ago )
Local/State News
Sponsors step in to preserve Glorious Fourth of July in Demorest
Demorest officials are gearing up for the city's annual Glorious Fourth of July Celebration, set for Saturday.
10:44PM ( 2 hours ago )
Christie promises blunt campaign as he enters 2016 contest
LIVINGSTON, N.J. (AP) — A tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched his 2016 campaign for president Tuesday with a promise to tell voters the truth even if it makes them cringe.The Republi...
8:42PM ( 4 hours ago )
LISTEN: Library Board names McKinney as new director
The Hall County Library Board has selected the interim Library Director to fill the position permanently.
6:44PM ( 6 hours ago )
Forsyth Co. SO investigating rainbow flag burning as hate crime
A northwest Forsyth County homeowner woke up Tuesday morning and discovered someone had taken their rainbow flag and set it on fire.
4:57PM ( 7 hours ago )
Hall Co. Finance Director Neikirk resigns
Hall County Finance Director Vickie Neikirk has resigned.
4:53PM ( 7 hours ago )