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4 armed robberies in 4 months linked to 17-year-old

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

The 17-year-old allegedly burst into the laundry mat, wearing a mask and saying he was going to shoot everyone.

Desmond Brandon Nixon is accused of punching a 33-year-old Max Cleaners clerk in the left side of the face, leaving her swollen and bruised, and attempting to run away with a handful of cash.

At the time of the alleged laundry-mat stick-up, Nixon was arrested, and charged with armed robbery for the fourth time in four months.

The Jonesboro teen was indicted by a Clayton County grand jury Wednesday, on charges of simple assault, battery, three counts of aggravated assault, two counts of criminal attempts at armed robbery, two counts of armed robbery, possession or a handgun during the commission of a crime, wearing a mask, and carjacking.

All of the incidents involving Nixon occurred within walking distance of his mother's apartment at 330 Arrowhead Blvd.

The first incident, according to available court and police records, happened on August 3, 2007, two months after Nixon turned 17 and was, legally, considered an adult. He allegedly found a woman alone at the Arrowhead shopping plaza and "threatened the woman with a screwdriver as she was attempting to withdraw money from an ATM machine."

The second incident occurred on Tara Boulevard, and saw a significant increase in the reported use of force. On August 5, 2007, Nixon allegedly pulled a North Carolina man out of the front of a 2006 Hyundai Sonata at gunpoint.

The man said the car was worth about $15,000, and he lost about $60 in cash.

The North Carolina man identified Nixon in a photographic lineup, according to police.

At the end of that week, on Aug. 10, a Friday, Nixon was arrested while running across the Arrowhead shopping center parking lot.

According to a warrantless arrest affidavit, filled out by a Clayton County police detective, the 17-year-old, and another unidentified person who had a gun, approached two Hispanic men and demanded money. One victim bolted and ran, and the other handed over $20.

"Mr. Nixon was found later that date," the detective wrote, outlining the probable cause for arrest, "with the $20 in his shoe."

Nixon allegedly lied about his age, saying he was two years younger than he was -- which would have made him a juvenile -- and then confessed to the detective.

He was arrested and charged as an adult.

Nixon was out on bond when he allegedly held up the laundry mat. He is facing a maximum possible sentence of life in prison.