LaGrange Police have arrested a local teen on robbery and gang charges after he allegedly robbed a family friend outside a convenience store in LaGrange.
Friday afternoon about 1:24 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Hot Spot convenience store on South Greenwood Street in reference reports of a Robbery.
Police arrived and spoke with the adult male victim, who stated that he had just exited and was talking to two males on the south side of the building near the front door. The victim was initially unable to provide the names of the young men, but stated he knows both of them are teenagers and they were family friends.
The victim stated one of the teenagers then walked off and the other stated he was going around the back of the store and he would be back. A few minutes later, one of the males returned and reached into his back pocket and pulled a handgun. The subject pointed the gun at him waist high and demanded his money, threatening to shoot him if he didn’t turn it over.
The victim then handed the assailant a small amount of cash and he fled the area on foot, running behind the Hot Spot toward Cherry Street.
Police say the victim appeared upset and frustrated due to the situation. He stated multiple times that he knows the young black male who robbed him, but he could not believe what happened.
Officers were later able to identify the armed assailant as Jamal Garret, of Callaway Avenue in LaGrange.
LaGrange Police later located Garret and placed him under arrest for the alleged armed robbery.
As a result, Garret, age 18, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail and charged with Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault with a Gun, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Violent Felony, and seven counts of Participation in a Criminal Street Gang.
Garret is currently being held at the Troup County Jail where he was denied bond.
This incident is still under investigation by the La-Grange Police Department Criminal Investigations Section.
If anyone has any additional information regarding this incident, please contact the LaGrange Police Department at 706-883-2603 or Troup County Crime Stoppers at 706-812-1000, or text an anonymous tip to 274637, keyword “LAGRANGE.” Tips can also be submitted online at www.lagrangega.org.
Tommy Murphy Staff Writer