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Armed robbers: 'All we want is the pizza'

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

A Pizza Hut driver said he was surrounded by masked men, while trying to deliver four pizzas Sunday night. One of the men pointed a black shotgun at him and said, "All we want is the pizza."

Farael A. Washington, the 24-year-old driver, told Clayton County Police he gave the masked men the pizzas, and $100. According to a police report filed by Officer Edgardo Rivera, Washington was making the delivery around 8 p.m., for the Pizza Hut at 7171 Ga. Highway 85, and attempting to take them to apartment O-5 at Harbour Towne Apartments in College Park.

Police working with the descriptions given by Washington, located the four at the apartment complex. Demarcus Jackson, 18, and a juvenile were standing near two Pizza Hut boxes "in plain view," according to Rivera. Both the man and the boy were positively identified as the masked men, by the driver.

The woman renting apartment O-5 reportedly allowed officers to search the residence, and police found two more Pizza Hut boxes in the oven. All four pizzas were the same type Washington was told to deliver.

Dante Owens, 18, and Brandon Nicholson, 17, were arrested in the apartment and charged with armed robbery.

The three men all confessed to the pizza hold-up. The juvenile wrote out a statement and was released to his parents, Rivera reported.

2 teens nabbed running from stolen car

With a homework assignment in his pocket, a teenager was arrested Sunday afternoon, fleeing from a stolen vehicle.

Clayton County Police Officer Mark Taylor reported that he saw a green, 2002 Dodge Stratus make an improper left turn. Taylor attempted to stop the car, ran its license plate number and discovered the four-door vehicle was stolen.

Taylor wrote, in a police report, that the Dodge was traveling northbound on McElroy Road, turned left onto Scott Road, passed over State Route 138 and onto Sugarcreek Way, outside of Riverdale.

Three men jumped from the vehicle and ran, one of them apparently pulling a pistol from his pants, Taylor said.

A juvenile, who is not being named because of his age, was caught while running from nearby woods. Bernard J. Christmas, 19, was tracked by a K-9 unit and discovered sitting on the porch of an area house. When arrested, Christmas had the juvenile's homework assignment in the pocket of his coat.

The third suspect was not found.

Christmas and the juvenile were charged with theft of a motor vehicle by receiving, and obstruction of a police officer.

Teen stopped with 9 mm at area high school

A 15-year-old was arrested at Morrow High School Friday on charges he was carrying a 9 mm handgun on school property.

The juvenile, who is not being named because of his age, was seen by the school principal walking across the parking lot with a camouflage-colored duffle bag, according to a police report. The juvenile was not a student of the high school and was apprehended by a Clayton County Police Department School Resource Officer.

The officer, Keith Singleton, reported that the 15-year-old was carrying the duffle bag and it had a suspicious bulge, which felt like a gun.

"I [touched] the bag where I observed the bulge," Singleton wrote in the police report. "The object felt like a handgun. I placed the juvenile on the ground and I handcuffed him."

After arresting the teen, Singleton discovered a SIG Sauer 9 mm, and an ammunition magazine in the juvenile's left, pants pocket.

According to the police report, the juvenile said he was at the school to pick up his cousin. The teen allegedly said he is a member of the Gangster Disciple gang and carried the weapon for protection from the Bloods gang.

The teen was charged with possession of a weapon on school property, possession of a pistol by someone under the age of 18, violation of the Georgia Gang Act and criminal trespassing.