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Joe’s Crab Shack robbed

Cops say ‘victim’ fished for details

JONESBORO — Morrow police netted seven suspects in the June armed robbery of a popular seafood shack, an investigation that started when one of the victims started fishing for details from responding officers.

No one was reported hurt during the June 15 armed robbery of Joe’s Crab Shack on Mt. Zion Road.

Morrow police Detective Paul Wages detailed the alleged crime in a warrant application issued by the Clayton County Magistrate Court. Wages stated that three gunmen entered the restaurant about 12:25 a.m. through the front door, which was intentionally left unlocked by an employee.

Wages said the gunmen took cell phones and cash from all the workers except one — Shakrystin Brinae Brown — and money from the safe. When officers arrived in response to a 911 call about the robbery, Brown acted “extremely nervous,” said Wages.

“She was acting extremely nervous, more so than the other victims,” wrote Wages in the application. “She paced and fidgeted. She tried to get close to investigators as they processed the scene and interviewed other witnesses. Investigators had to tell her several times to move away from the area as she tried to fish for information.”

Through the investigation, officers learned that Brown went outside just before the armed robbery, talking on her cell phone, he said. When she returned, she did not secure the front door, which is in direct contradiction to company policy, said Wages.

“This allowed other suspects unfettered access to the restaurant,” according to the application. “She was the only victim not roughed up or have items taken.”

Police said Brown was the “inside man,” who helped facilitate the robbery.

Further investigation revealed Brittany Darcia Patterson, 21, of Decatur, and Jazmine Latisha Washington, 22, of Lithonia, arrived at the restaurant about an hour before the robbery and parked in the back to act as lookouts, the warrants allege.

Police identified the gunmen as Dantarrel Deandre Ray, 25, of Atlanta; Jonathan Keith Hammonds, 23, of Ellenwood, and Alex Donavan Randell, 21, of Decatur. The getaway driver was identified as Ahkeem Rashiid Simmons, 23, of Atlanta, said police.

All are charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, theft by taking, kidnapping and false imprisonment. All seven are being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail.

Police said each suspect got $200 with the exception of Washington, who got $150.