Athens teen arrested for armed robbery of UGA students


Myron Jamon Franklin

By Joe Johnson

An Athens teen has been arrested for the armed robbery of two University of Georgia students last week at their East Campus Road housing complex.

Athens-Clarke County police announced Thursday that 19-year-old Myron Jamon Franklin of Brockett Drive was arrested Wednesday and charged with armed robbery and two counts of aggravated assault for the Feb. 26 incident a Studio 51 Condominiums.

Franklin’s two alleged accomplices had yet to be identified, according to Lt. Shaun Barnett, who said detectives believed Franklin was one of two suspects who brandished firearms during the robbery.

The students reportedly were robbed when they met with someone who they thought was purchasing a video game console from them.

According to an Athens-Clarke County police report, the male and female students, both 30, stated they used Facebook Marketplace to advertise a PlayStation 5 console they were selling and that they received a message from a profile by the name of “Myron” expressing interest in buying the item and they arranged to meet at the students’ complex, Studio 51 Condominiums.

The victims were approached at the designated meeting point by a Black male who attempted to use a smartphone application to pay them, but the students believed he was just trying to fake it, according to the report.

Another Black male then came from the back side of their home, and another exited the gold/beige Chevrolet Equinox that they arrived in.

According to the report, one of the males pointed a handgun at them, and another pointed a rifle, takin the gaming console and fleeing in the Equinox.

The suspects were described as being young, with one about 14 years old, and they all wore shorts, with one wearing a red beanie cap and another wearing a blue beanie.

The investigation was ongoing and police asked for anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity in this area or has information regarding the incident to contact Detective Paul Johnson at paul.johnson@accgov.com or (762) 400-7060.