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Small Georgia Town Forms Posse, Corners Armed Robbery Suspect
WGXA TV ^ | 11/8/13 | Shonti Tager

Posted on 11/11/2013 5:23:04 AM PST by 1010RD

Criminals take note; You're taking a chance if you try to ply your trade in the Dodge County town of Rhine. Local law enforcement is praising townspeople for some de facto community policing, after tracking down and helping catch an armed robbery suspect.

For 60-year-old Ken Lowery the commotion began around 2:30 Thursday afternoon as he stepped inside Aden's convenience store and encountered the store clerk in distress.

"The lady screamed at me and said 'I've been robbed, he's got a gun, and I gave him all the money,'" Lowery recalled.

Lowery says he saw the suspected gunman, identified as 24-year-old Damien Durham of Wilcox County, walking down the street making a nonchalant getaway. Witnesses say it was a bizarre sight, but what happened next was even more unbelievable.

"People just kept coming around and they were mad, people in Rhine were mad," Lowery said. "Here we had an armed robbery in the middle of the day at Aden's and they wanted to form a posse."

Lowery says more than 20 people, many of them armed, spread out looking for the gunman, in trucks and on foot.

"We didn't have no leader of it all, we just went all our separate ways and the people in Rhine they knew they were going to get that rascal," Lowery said.

Lowery, a retired corrections officer, ended up tracking the suspect down roughly 200 yards away from the store. He fired a warning shot from his deer rifle and says the suspect stashed his gun and money, and hid in a nearby shed, where he was soon arrested by Dodge County sheriff's deputies.

Major Donald Helms of the Dodge County Sheriff's Office says it's just a story of good guys with guns. People in a small town excerising their right to bear arms.

"You might not want to come down there and mess with the Rhine folks," Helms said.

While at least one long time Rhine resident WGXA spoke with says a stick up downtown isn't the most uncommon thing, everyone was proud of their town for coming together.

"I'm glad I stay in a town like this, Rhine is a good town," said Kayla Mitchell.

Rhine Posse member Carter Clements also had a warning to outsiders that may be up to no good.

"Don't come to Rhine and mess with us, because if you do, we're going to mess with you," Clements said.

"A nice lady like that working at Aden's, trying to make a living, and some thug come in there trying to rob her, people in Rhine ain't going to put up with that," Lowery said.

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office says Durham is charged with armed robbery, he may also be facing additional charges.


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The people united, shall never be defeated. Isn't that a fact?
1 posted on 11/11/2013 5:23:04 AM PST by 1010RD
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To: neverdem

Of interest.


2 posted on 11/11/2013 5:23:20 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD

If the American people were truly united there would be a posse on the way to the White House.


3 posted on 11/11/2013 5:27:28 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: 1010RD

!


4 posted on 11/11/2013 5:36:16 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: 1010RD

We haven’t heard the last of this.

Before Al Sharpton gets through with this, Damien Durham will probably own most of Dodge County, Georgia.


5 posted on 11/11/2013 5:40:32 AM PST by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: Kartographer

100%!


6 posted on 11/11/2013 5:53:08 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: DJ Taylor

From Dodge County, Ga.

Tell Al Sharpton to get Jessie Jackson and bring it on.


7 posted on 11/11/2013 5:55:36 AM PST by Bailee
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To: 1010RD

Just had to be Dodge... lol


8 posted on 11/11/2013 5:56:01 AM PST by GeronL
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To: Kartographer

Google won’t produce the booking photo of Damien Durham.

Any other FReeper able to find it?


9 posted on 11/11/2013 5:56:22 AM PST by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est - Because of what Islam is and because of what Muslims do.)
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To: GladesGuru

Can´t get out of Dodge.....never


10 posted on 11/11/2013 6:07:42 AM PST by Youngman542012
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To: GladesGuru

Play the video at the Link:

http://www.wgxa.tv/story/small-georgia-town-forms-posse-corners-armed-robbery-suspect-20131108


11 posted on 11/11/2013 6:11:35 AM PST by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: 1010RD

Damien Durham is a great outlaw name.


12 posted on 11/11/2013 6:13:40 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: DJ Taylor
No, but they'll make the suspect out to be some poor misunderstood youth that just wanted some Arizona Tea and Skittles - it was all a simple misunderstanding with the store clerk. She of course represents the oppressive, evil, dispassonate big business interests. The local that fired his deer rifle will be thoroughly castigated as a racist. This of course based on absolutely zero evidence, but who needs evidence when you have emotion? There will be an outcry to ban bolt action 30 cal deer rifles as "vigilante assault weapons." In fact the whole incident will be spun as a cautionary tale of vigilante justice and how those big bad firearms embolden people to stand up for themselves. (cast as a bad thing) Aall the while missing the point (aka conveniently ignoring) that it was a criminal that started the entire sequence of events. Oh, and the property owner will be taken to task for not having made his/her shed into a nicer place for the homeless or those fleeing justice.

Sadly, not satire. I believe some or all of that will come to pass.

13 posted on 11/11/2013 6:16:58 AM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: 1010RD

Another son of obama gets caught in a RAT trap. Libs and progs are losing their right to vote—haha.


14 posted on 11/11/2013 6:21:23 AM PST by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: 1010RD; All
It's doesn't quite resonate like "Don't mess with Texas!"

But with apologies to Hollywood, how about "Watch out for Rhine!"

15 posted on 11/11/2013 6:27:23 AM PST by ken5050 (Benghazi investigation update: "The plot thickens, like Hillary Clinton's ankles.." (longfellow")
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To: 1010RD
Interesting to compare the reaction of “real” people to that of the ivory tower Gonzaga administration who are thinking about expelling 2 students who pulled a gun on a 6 time felon who was trying to force his way into their apartment. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/11/11/college_students_on_probation_pulling_gun_to_defend_against_intruder_.html
16 posted on 11/11/2013 6:32:35 AM PST by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: 1010RD

Video segment at the article shows a pic of the “alleged” robber. What you might expect.


17 posted on 11/11/2013 6:38:48 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: 1010RD

Dang, this makes me smile!!!
God bless Rhine citizens and God Bless America!!!


18 posted on 11/11/2013 6:40:30 AM PST by matginzac
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To: fungoking

I hope those two Gonzaga students hire the fine people at fire.org and sue the crap out of Gonzaga.


19 posted on 11/11/2013 6:40:41 AM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (The Second Amendment makes all the other amendments possible)
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To: 1010RD

i grew up in that area....Rhine’s always had that reputation. Always.


20 posted on 11/11/2013 6:41:10 AM PST by ealgeone (obama, border)
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