Douglas County Sheriff's deputies arrested one of two men accused of pistol-whipping a Douglasville gun owner and making off with his assault rifles.
They arrested Emmanuel Beague, 25, in Cobb County late Friday night.
Bruce Ferguson, with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said the men made off with an AR-15 and and AK-57 after knocking on the victim's door and pistol-whipping him.
A sheriff's deputy spotted the men on I-20 moments later.
"When something like this happens, we start stacking up on the interstate, he just seen somebody go by that fit the description," Ferguson said. "Something didn't look right, so he got behind the car, and then they took off running, so the chase was on."
Deputies chased the men to Cobb County, where they abandoned their Honda Civic and fled on foot. Investigators found the assault rifles and electronics inside the car, as well as personal items. But to Ferguson, stealing the guns is the most concerning part of the theft.
"You don't ever want a criminal to have an AK-47 or an AR-15 - those weapons are considered serious weapons," Ferguson said. "We don't want those guns on the street. We don't want thugs to have those guns. We want those guns to be for the military or police, people who are going to put those guns in the right places and not let the wrong people get their hands on it."
Authorities are still searching for the second man involved. Meanwhile, the gun owner is at home recovering, with stitches to his head where he was hit.
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