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Knife-wielding thief shot by store clerk

Lee Barfield (Source: Douglas PD) Lee Barfield (Source: Douglas PD)

Telfair County Sheriff's Detectives tell WALB that 32 year old Kenyonn Fryer will live to tell the story of the time he robbed a Helena liquor store with a knife, and got shot for his trouble.

They say he assaulted the clerk, Bonnell Kaiser with a knife and got some money from the cash register. But Kaiser quickly got to her pistol, and shot Fryer three times as he ran out of the store. The wounds were not life-threatening.

His accomplice, 32 year old Lee Deminta Barfield, a registered sex offender, took Fryer to a hospital in Eastman, and left him there. That's where Telfair deputies arrested him.

Both Fryer and Barfield are from Douglas, and Douglas police arrested Barfield at a Douglas motel Thursday.

Law men from the Telfair Co. Sheriff's Office and the Douglas Police Department made catching the men their top priority. A GBI crime unit took evidence from the car they used in the crimes.

Fryer is in the Irwin County jail in Ocilla, and Barfield is in jail in McRae. Most of the money they got from Bonnell Kaiser was recovered.

The car they used was borrowed from the owner, who contacted police and gave them the car, which they impounded.


The Douglas Police Department issued this news release Friday morning-

On 08/26/13 Officers at the Douglas Police Department were advised of an Armed Robbery that took place in Telfair County at a local business. Later this date the owner of the vehicle used in the Armed Robbery came to the Douglas Police Department and voluntarily surrendered the vehicle to the Police Department's on duty Supervisor.

 The owner of the vehicle was not involved in the Armed Robbery. Telfair County Investigators were notified and at their request the vehicle was secured at the Douglas Police Department until they could respond. On 08/27/13 an Investigator from Telfair County arrived at the Douglas Police Department.

The Investigator advised that a Douglas resident, 32 year old, Lee Deminta Barfield was one of the two persons that committed the Armed Robbery in Telfair Co.

A Warrant was obtained for the arrest of Barfield by the Telfair Co. Investigator. Douglas Police Department Investigators assisted in attempting to locate Barfield on 08/27/13. Barfield was not located.

On 08/29/13 Officers from the Douglas Police Department located Barfield, in a room at a local motel. Barfield refused to respond to Officers request to open the door and entry into the room, by Officers, was made using a key provided by the motel owner.

 On entering the room Officers were able to arrest Barfield without further incident for the Armed Robbery of the business in Telfair Co.


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