Athens man robbed of gun at gunpoint


Melvin Lamar-Jerome Roberts

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man reportedly was arrested early Wednesday for an alleged armed robbery in which he stole a gun from another man.

According to a press release issued by the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, officers responded at about 12:30 a. m. to a reported armed robbery that occurred in the 2300 block of West Broad Street.

The victim, a 25-year-old Athens man said he was approached by the suspect “who then pointed a firearm at the victim, and stole an item from the victim’s person at gunpoint, according to the release.

ACCPD Public Information Officer Lt. Shaun Barnett identified the stolen item as a firearm.

Officers reportedly were able to identify and locate the suspect, 30-year-old Melvin Lamar-Jerome Roberts, who lives in the 2400 block of West Broad Street.

He was arrested and charged with armed robbery.

Police said the investigation was ongoing, and asked for anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Detective Paul Johnson at 762-400-7060 or paul.johnson@accgov.com.

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