Gwinnett man indicted for attempted murder UGA student

Zarren Rasool Alexander Garner

By Joe Johnson A Clarke County grand jury recently charged a Gwinnett County man with attempted murder for allegedly shooting a University of Georgia student during an armed robbery three months ago as the victim waited at a bus stop near campus.

Zarren Rasool Alexander Garner, 20, 0f Grayson was charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, four counts of aggravated assault, criminal attempt to commit armed robbery and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to an indictment filed Tuesday in Clarke County Superior Court.

Athens-Clarke County police said the incident occurred April 22, when Garner robbed at gunpoint a cellphone from a UGA student at Milledge Place Apartments.


Robert Tate Spezzano

A short time later, police said that Garner assaulted Robert Tate Prezzano, a 22-year-old UGA junior and lacrosse player from the Atlanta area while the student was waiting for a bus near his apartment in the 2100 block of South Milledge Avenue. Garner allegedly shot the student multiple times in the head and neck area during an attempt to steal the victim’s Air Pods, according to police.

The indictment notes that the laser sights of Garner's gun was activated during both incidents.

The first student was not injured and Spezzano spent one week in the hospital and was expected to make a full recovery.

Local police and Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agents arrested Garner the following day after the incidents at his mother’s house near Grayson.

He was being held without bail at the Clarke County Jail, and is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 28

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