By Daniel Silliman
Wearing handcuffs, a 26-year-old father of two said he was desperate, said he wanted to prove he could provide, and said he was very sorry.
Curtis Bullock was arrested at a dump site on Arrowhead Boulevard, early Monday morning, on charges he took $538 from a Waffle House at gun point, Clayton County Police said.
Officer Michael Leggs wrote, in his report, that police chased Bullock, on foot, through the neighborhood and caught up with him at the dumpsite, a little after 4 a.m.
Bullock tried to explain, according to the police report. "Man," he allegedly said, "I was about to be put out of my house. I got two kids. My wife is going to kill me."
Leggs said, "Everybody works hard for their money."
"I just got laid off from work. We are going to be put out," said Bullock, who lives in an apartment at 875 Garden Walk Boulevard, in College Park, and has been unemployed for eight months.
Leggs told Bullock that the 6350 Tara Blvd., Waffle House would want it's money back, according to the police report. Bullock told the officers the money was in his pocket.
Police said they pulled $538 from his pants pocket. They found a black-and-silver 9 mm Smith and Wesson handgun on the ground nearby. They found a ski mask, matching the description of the mask worn by the armed robber, in the back of Bullock's car.
The 26-year-old told police it was his first robbery, and he had been motivated by his family's pending eviction from their apartment, and because he was depressed that he couldn't provide.
"His wife was acting as the provider and he felt like less of a man," Leggs wrote in his report.
A review of Waffle House's security cameras showed Bullock, standing outside the restaurant, pull the mask over his face, then enter, pull a black-and-silver gun and take the money, police said.
Bullock apologized to the employee who had been robbed, saying "Man, I'm sorry. I'm sorry," Leggs reported.
In a separate incident, a man allegedly stuck a gun in his girlfriend's face, while taking $640 from a K-Mart cash register.
At about 5 p.m., Friday, a teen wearing a white T-shirt and sunglasses, walked up to a K-Mart clerk while she was counting the cash in her drawer, police said.
He carried a pack of batteries and a bottle of Sprite and pulled a black revolver from his pocket. He pointed it at Javonya Deriaka Henson, Officer Terrance Smith said in his report.
Henson stared and the teen grabbed the tray of cash and ran out of the 7964 Tara Blvd. store.
A manager called 911, and police responded to the K-Mart call, catching 18-year-old Demetrius Williams, who had been seen with the teen with the sunglasses and gun.
Williams told detectives he was acting as a look-out, along with 17-year-old David Alexander, while 17-year-old Noah Hill allegedly carried the gun into the store and robbed the register where his girlfriend, Henson, was working.
Police arrested Hill and Williams, and found money in both of William's shoes, according to the report. Williams then told police the money belonged to Hill, who had set up the robbery with his girlfriend, Henson, and asked the other two to help.
Henson said she and Hill had previously worked together and he had talked about staging a robbery, but "she did not believe Hill would actually go through with it," according to a detective's report.
Williams, Henson and Alexander were charged with conspiracy to commit a crime.
Hill was charged with armed robbery.