By Joe Johnson
A teen from Oglethorpe County reportedly was recently arrested for an armed robbery in which the victim in Athens thought he was selling a video game.
The incident happened Sunday night at the Rocksprings Homes apartment complex, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report.
Officers were in the area at about 11:30 p.m. when they heard gunshots coming from within the complex, and officers gave chase after a car that sped from out of there, according to the report.
After conducting a traffic stop on the car, officers identified the driver as a 20-year-old Oglethorpe County resident who said he had gone to an apartment on Rocksprings Court to dell a $12 video game to someone with whom he’d been communicating through Snapchat, according to the report.
He reportedly told officers that as he walked from his car to an apartment where the buyer was supposed to be he was approached by at least three males who came out from between buildings and held him at gunpoint.
One of the males told the victim, ”You better give it up or I’ll shoot you,” according to the police report, at which time he snatched a bag containing the video game while an accomplice emptied his pockets, taking an iPhone 12 valued at $700 and his wallet.
After the robbery, the suspects told the victim to walk across Baxter Street towards a Dollar Tree store and that they would shoot him if he did not comply. He said after crossing the street and noticing the suspects were walking away, he ran to his car and heard gunshots, but did not believe they were directed at him, according to police.
However, when officers inspected the car they located a bullet hole in the back bumper, the report noted.
When walking back into the complex to show an officer where he had been robbed, the victim identified one of the suspects, 19-year-old Jeremy Corin Collins of Lexington, who tried to run but was quickly captured by the officer, according to the report.
When reviewing surveillance camera footage, according to the report, officers saw that just prior to being apprehended Collins threw something on the ground.
The report noted that upon searching the location officers recovered two semiautomatic pistols, and that the car was occupied by a passenger at the time.
Collins was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, and obstruction of a law enforcement officer. His hands were swabbed for the presence of gunshot residue.
Collins was also served with outstanding warrants charging him with three counts of entering an automobile with the intent to commit a felony, financial transaction card theft, and theft by receiving stolen property.