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Police believe armed robbery was a set-up


By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

QUITMAN, GA (WALB) –Quitman police believe two suspects set up an armed robbery victim.

A teen told an employee of a shoe store late Wednesday night he wanted to buy some shoes. When the employee opened the shop, a man with knife held up him up and stole cash and clothing.

A 14-year old asked Christopher Brown, who's an employee of JC Fashion Urbanwear, if he could buy some shoes around 11 o'clock Wednesday night. Brown knew the teen so he opened up the store on North Washington Avenue.

"I was wrong going over there at night," said Brown. "I take fault for that but I didn't think it would be anything like that."

It was a set up and now Brown feels betrayed. After Brown turned off the alarm and the teen told him the shoes he wanted, a man wearing a hoodie walked in. Brown says they scuffled.

"The assailant had his back turned to the customer while he was over there tussling with the employee the customer was just standing back looking," said Quitman Police Capt. Calvin Troy.

Then the man with the knife came up behind him.

"The customer was on the ground the whole time while the dude had my neck so the dude had a knife or something," said Brown. "It was in my side, sharp a little bit."

The suspect told the customer to put shoes and purses in a bag. The customer gave the suspect $40.

The masked man got away with cash, clothing, and shoes. He ran down East Bartow Street.

 "You know let's just play like we want to go buy some shoes," said Capt. Troy. "When we get there you grab him and put a knife up too him and then I hand you $40 when everything is over with and plus we'll have the shoes and clothing."

Police say the teen is in a gang and believed he and the other suspect planned it all.

Police are following leads but haven't made any arrests. The teen could be charged with armed robbery party to the crime.

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