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With gun to her head, UGA student kept cool, used wits during armed robbery on campus

UGA armed robbery suspect Jeremiah Scott

By Joe Johnson

When a University of Georgia student was confronted by an armed robber on campus Friday night she was able to get police to quickly respond and arrest the suspect by keeping her cool and using her wits.

According to the UGA Police Department, the 19-year-old student from Suwanee gave the following account of events:

She was looking at her phone while walking on South Lumpkin Street in the area of the Hill Hall pedestrian crosswalk when the robber, whose face was covered by a purple bandanna approached and displayed a handgun.

Holding the gun at the student's head, the suspect threatened to shoot if she didn't give him her phone. He explained that he wanted it because he was in need of money.

Telling the perp that a friend of hers had an extra phone that she could get for him, the student then called the friend in Hill Hall and in Korean -- so that the gunman wouldn't understand what she was saying -- told about how she was being held at gunpoint and provided a physical description of the suspect to include the black and white camouflage sweatshirt that he was wearing.

The friend, also 19 and from Suwanee, ran to the dorm's front desk to tell the resident assistant about what was going on, and the RA immediately relayed that information to UGA police.

Officers responded to the area of the hold-up and upon seeing the suspect, they chased after and arrested him at gunpoint near the basketball court at the Myers Hall quad.

Identified as 17-year-old Jeremiah Scott of Rocksprings Court, the suspect was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a pistol by a person under the age of 18, carrying a weapon in a school safety zone, possession of a firearm in the commission of certain felonies, and obstruction of law enforcement.

Scott is being detained at the county jail without bail set for his release.

Though she had demonstrated poise under pressure the student was badly shaken up by the ordeal, and an officer helped her with breathing techniques to regain composure prior to taking a statement for the police report.

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I think DA Gonzales is doing a GREAT JOB!!!

I think her policy of restorative justice is working just as it's supposed to and having a deterring yet caring effect on the unfortunate victims of society that have had to resort to stealing and violence in order to feed their families, which I am sure is appreciated by all,


I've never felt SAFER in Athens than I do now!!!!

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chadtipulas
chadtipulas
2月21日

D.A. Gonzalez will surely throw the book at him. Ibrim X. Kendi or Robin DiAngelo or similar, that is. He'll do a good 5 hours of community service and get a month probation.

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Right and wrong are learned. Parents have the responsibility of teaching their children the difference between right and wrong; this is not a function of the free education system ($15,000.00 per student/year in Clarke county). This teaching (and learning) should begin at birth. By the time someone is a teenager, barring divine intervention, the values are set in stone. Jeremiah's parents have failed both him and our society.

It is parents or the lack thereof.

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rogerscoggins
rogerscoggins
6 days ago
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what she said

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I grew up two blocks from Rock Springs Court. During that time the young men and women were being raised in two parent homes with a strong drive for self-improvement. I cannot pinpoint the time or place that everything changed, but I'm pretty certain culture and family dynamics have a major influence on the Jeremiahs of this world. His life as a contributing citizen will likely never get started. OK, that's enough pity for this thug. In Singapore, this crime would earn Jeremiah 30 lashes with split bamboo pole across the back of his upper thighs. The sentence would be 20 years and each year on the anniversary of his crime ole Jeremiah would be canned again. Think about that.

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So you want socialism? Because that’s what Singapore has.

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For ALL who are arguing race on either side, please stop. I will say, however, that the handing out of sentences/punishments is severely unequal. But the fact still remains, whatever the demographic, committing crime is OPTIONAL. When the person commits the crime, they should be punished.

The problem is that EVERYTHING is subjective now. Right is right, and wrong is wrong....PERIOD Poverty is not an excuse for crime. My ENTIRE family is from what is formally known as Paul Doe and Brooklyn. I STILL have family on the Black Road. I moved to Hallmark on Spring Valley Rd in 3rd grade. I was exposed to drugs, thuggery, and "gangs"....I CHOSE not to become a criminal. I CHOSE to be a…

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I'm a he.😂 But it's cool. It happens all the time. No biggie. People always think I'm female because of my name.

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