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Martinez man robbed in Athens

Posted: July 1, 2013 - 12:52pm

One of two suspects have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery early Sunday morning at a student housing complex near the University of Georgia campus.

Athens-Clarke police obtained an arrest warrant for the second suspect in the 4:45 a.m. robbery at River Mill apartments off Oconee Street.

The victim, a 25-year-old Martinez resident, was visiting a friend in Athens, police said.

While bar hopping Saturday night, they met two men they didn’t know who gave them a ride to the home of the victim’s friend at River Mill.

The victim and his friend went inside the apartment for a few minutes. But when the victim came back outside carrying an iPad, the two men were still in the parking lot. They approached the victim and at gunpoint demanded the computer tablet and cash, police said.

When the suspects drove off in a small silver car, the victim immediately called 911 and an officer said he spotted the vehicle as it traveled east on Lexington Road.

The officer made a U-turn and followed the car as it turned onto Gaines School Road in east Athens. He continued to follow the car along several side streets until it stopped and the driver got out and ran, police said.

With his gun drawn, Sgt. Jason Taft approached the car with the passenger still inside.

“I yelled for him to stop moving and that I would shoot him as he kept moving his hands out of sight,” the officer wrote in his report.

As the suspect continued moving toward the door, the officer believed he was preparing to run so he broke cover from behind his patrol car’s door and ran toward the suspects’ vehicle.

“As he stepped out onto the ground I ... quickly closed the distance, ordering the suspect to the ground several times,” Taft reported. “He was not complying so as I got within arm’s reach I knocked him to the ground with my left hand.”

After handcuffing the suspect, police identified him as 27-year-old Darryl Olajuwon Fleming of Cooper Road.

Officers searched Fleming and the car. They found the stolen computer tablet, a jar filled with marijuana and two small bags of pot, police said. The $50 that allegedly was robbed from the victim was in Fleming’s pocket.

The gun reportedly used in the robbery was not recovered.

Police identified the driver of the car and alleged gunman as 29-year-old Dennis Lee Collins Jr. of Fourth Street.

Fleming was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, police said. Arrest warrants charge Collins with the same offenses.

Collins, who has an extensive criminal history, was released from prison in October after serving a year for a robbery conviction. He was on probation at the time of Sunday’s alleged hold-up.

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