FBI arrests Columbus man linked to 11 armed robberies in Mississippi

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UPDATE: John Morris was arrested without incident after a traffic stop in Mississippi Monday afternoon.


COLUMBUS, Ga. – The FBI in Atlanta, Jacksonville, and Tampa are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a serial armed robber who may be responsible for as many as eleven commercial armed robberies in Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

47-year-old John Arthur Morris a convicted felon, is wanted for his alleged involvement in the robberies that took place between January and August 2016. Morris is alleged to have robbed nine businesses in Columbus, one in Phenix City, and one in Kissimmee, Florida. The businesses include automotive parts and supply stores and a restaurant.

Morris was armed with a handgun in each robbery, which he pointed at his victims. On many occasions, Morris forced his victims at gunpoint to a back room or office and used zip ties or telephone cords to tie them up. In the restaurant armed robbery, he allegedly abducted the manager at gunpoint and forced her to drive Morris a few blocks away from the restaurant in her vehicle.

A State of Georgia felony arrest warrant was issued July 11 based on the May 13 armed robbery of an automotive parts store in Columbus, Ga. Also in July, the Phenix City, Ala Police Department issued a felony arrest warrant for Morris for the July 10th armed robbery of an automotive supply business in that area. On August 14 Morris allegedly robbed another automotive supply store in Kissimmee, Fla.

A federal arrest warrant for Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution was issued for Morris in the United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia, Columbus, Ga, on August 18, 2016.

Morris is described as a black male, 5’9” tall, with brown eyes and weighing about 160 lbs. He has multiple tattoos, including ones on his left and right arms, back, chest and neck. Morris may be traveling with a female associate in an older model white Ford Explorer. He has been seen traveling in Jacksonville, Florida. He is considered to be armed and dangerous.

The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to Morris’ arrest. Anyone with information about this case should contact the FBI Atlanta Field Office at 404-679-9000 or the FBI Jacksonville Field Office at 904-248-7000, or the FBI Tampa Field Office at 407-875-9976.

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