UPDATE: Gwinnett County Police Department has filed additional charges against one of the teens charged in the violent armed robberies that took place on May 6. Jashon Aaron Samuels, 18, has also been charged with another armed robbery charge, hijacking of a motor vehicle and battery related to an incident alleged to have happened on May 1. GCPD report that officers were dispatched to a carjacking call just after midnight at 2445 Cherie Glen Trail in unincorporated Snellville, where they were told the victim was waiting on the porch covered in blood. Samuel, who at that time was allegedly going by the name of Frankie, was supposedly picking the victim up to go to a party, but instead got into the passenger seat of the victim’s car and tried to grab the keys’ He was joined by two other males and the three began to attack the victim, pulling him into the back seat and pointing a gun at him. He was able to get free and run to a neighbor’s house for help as the others drove off in his car. The car was found at 3927 Tanglewood Road and some of the victim’s property was recovered. Samuels was identified by the victim.
Gwinnett County Police Department announced the arrest of four Snellville teens in connection with their involvement in two armed robberies in the unincorporated Snellville area of Gwinnett. The two armed robberies are reported to have occurred at about 3 p.m. on May 6, one at the Cash American Pawn at 3355 Stone Mountain Highway and another at Cubesmart Self Storage at 3313 Stone Mountain Highway. Arrested were: Timothy James McClendon, 17, Irving Lewis Saunders, 17, Jashon Aaron Samuels, 18, and Thoushal Nakill Lucas, 19, all of Snellville.
When officers arrived at Cash American Pawn, they found the victim bleeding from his head and face and covered in blood. The four suspects had run from the scene, two of them jumping a barb wire fence. The victim said he had a gun pointed in his face and had been punched. The suspects took his cell phone, keys and eyeglasses. The cell phone and eyeglasses were found nearby. A witness had seen one of the suspects jump into a Hyundai Elantra and he had followed the vehicle and called 911. When it was stopped, McClendon was in the back seat and both he and the driver were detained.
In the second armed robbery at Cubesmart Self Storage, the victim also was assaulted and police arrived to find him with blood on his face and clothes and a large laceration on the top of his head. He had been unpacking items when he was approached by two suspects and he too had a gun pointed at him. When he said he didn’t have any money, the two allegedly began to punch and kick him in the head and upper body. The suspects allegedly stole his cell phone, identification, and keys and began to remove some of the property from his vehicle. Of the items stolen were four Samurai swords valued at several hundred dollars. The two suspects, Saunders and Samuels, were located in the woods with the help of K9s. When officers attempted to detain Saunders, he began fighting and kicking the officers and the victim’s cell phone, identification and keys were located. Another set of keys belonging to the victim at the Cash American Pawn also were located. The fourth suspect, Lucas, was arrested when he was seen getting into a vehicle. All four suspects were identified by the victim from Cash American Pawn and the other two suspects were identified by the Cubesmart victim. Both victims were checked out by Gwinnett County Fire Department.
A Gwinnett County Police K9 located the suspect’s handgun and the remaining stolen property in the woods. All the stolen property was returned to the victims and the suspects transported to the Gwinnett County Jail and charged with their involvement in the robberies and assaults.