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Man indicted in rent money robbery case

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

A 26-year-old father of two, who allegedly held up a Waffle House in a desperate attempt to pay rent, has been indicted on charges of aggravated assault and armed robbery.

A Clayton County grand jury passed down an indictment against Curtis Lee Bullock Wednesday in connection with the October armed robbery.

When arrested, Bullock confessed to the robbery, according to the police report, and apologized to the employee who was robbed.

"Man, I'm sorry. I'm sorry," he reportedly said.

Bullock was arrested at a dump site on Arrowhead Boulevard, and Clayton County Police Officer Michael Leggs recovered $538, allegedly stolen from the 6350 Tara Boulevard restaurant. Leggs also recovered a 9 mm, Smith and Wesson handgun, and a ski mask.

Bullock told police it has his first robbery, and he was motivated by a desperate financial situation.

"I just got laid off from work," said Bullock, who lives in an apartment on Garden Walk Boulevard. "We were going to be put out. Man, I was about to be put out of my house. I got two kids. My wife is going to kill me."

Bullock also allegedly told police he had been extremely depressed before the robbery, because his wife was working and he wasn't, and he didn't feel like a man, didn't feel like he could provide for his family.

A review of the Waffle House security cameras showed Bullock, outside the door, pull the ski mask over his face, enter, pull a black and silver gun, and take money from the cash register, police said.

Under Georgia law, Bullock could receive a maximum prison sentence of 40 years, if convicted of armed robbery and aggravated assault.