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Teen charged in robbery, kidnapping case

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

A teenager is being held in the Henry County Jail on $20,000 bond, suspected of robbing another teen after a high-school basketball game.

Demarkus Devon King is charged with robbery, kidnapping and simple battery. He appeared in Magistrate Court Wednesday, and Judge Robert Godwin bound the charges over to Superior Court.

The incident took place Feb. 5 at approximately 10:45 p.m., after a basketball play-off game at Stockbridge High School, according to Henry County Sheriff's Sgt. Carl Veasley.

"A 15-year-old, black male was confronted by a group of black males, who were commenting about his hat," said Veasley. "The suspect, Mr. King, took the hat. The victim was pushed into Mr. King by members of the group, at which point, Mr. King slapped him in the face.

The victim was then grabbed by 4 or 5 members of the group, and "forcibly taken approximately 1,500 feet to a darkened area below the basketball courts."

"He was robbed of his Blackberry and $50 in cash," said Veasley. "The victim was released, and the suspects fled in a vehicle, yelling 'Murder Mob' as they left."

Veasley said the 'Murder Mob' term is a reference to a Clayton County gang.

School resource officers in Henry were notified of the case Feb. 8. King, according to Veasley, was later identified by the victim and was arrested Tuesday at Morrow High School by Clayton County school resource officers.

"The investigation is ongoing, with the possibility of more arrests," said Veasley.

Henry County Sheriff's Chief Deputy David McCart said U.S. marshals assisted local authorities in locating King, because they did not have a valid address for him.