Athens-Clarke County police made two arrests over the weekend in connection with an armed robbery in which suspects stole from a man a bag that contained $5,000 cash and books that included President Donald Trump’s “Art of the Deal” and “Ways to become a Millionaire.”
Warrants were also obtained for the arrest of a third suspect, said Epifanio Rodriguez, public information officer for the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.
All three suspects have local street gang ties, according to Rodriguez, but the June 21 hold-up at the Athens Gardens apartment complex was not believed to have been coordinated gang activity.
The two suspects arrested on Sunday were identified by police as Antwon Bernard Ballard, 27, of O’Kelley Road, and Alexander Lamar Dunn, 23, of Holllis Street.
They were each charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault, with Ballard also being served with a probation violation warrant from a previous stalking conviction, according to the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office.
The third suspect, who had yet to be arrested as of Monday afternoon, was Tyshun Xavier Billings, 25, of East Whitehall Road, according to police. He is charged in warrants with armed robbery and aggravated assault, police said.
When immediately contacting police after the alleged armed robbery, the victim related that he went to an apartment at the complex off Lexington Road to meet someone he knew only as Jamal in order to buy a video game.
After knocking on the door, he was greeted by a heavy-set black male who the victim said punched him in the face, pulled a handgun and ordered him to “drop his pants” and give up whatever was in his pockets, according to police. One of several other males that were in the apartment at the time then allegedly went to the victim’s car and took a bag containing the cash and books. The victim explained he had a lot of cash with him because he had just sold a town home, police said.
“The case was investigated as it was reported and was substantiated,” Rodriguez said. “Testimonial evidence is what lead to an arrest of the (two) suspects and warrants on the other.”
The victim’s stolen bag also reportedly contained other books, including “The 48 Laws of Power,” a commercial driver’s license book and a silver Bible, police said.
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