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UGA Police Issue Arrest Warrants for Armed Robbery in Student Residence Hall

The information in this story comes from the UGA Police Department. An arrest doesn't mean a conviction.

Crimes on the UGA campus
Crimes on the UGA campus

This information comes from the UGA Police website:

University of Georgia Police Department investigators have concluded the investigation into the burglary/armed robbery incident reported on Sunday, January 26, in Busbee Hall of the University of Georgia East Campus Village. 

All four offenders were positively identified during the course of the investigation and arrest warrants have been issued, as detailed below. UGA investigators made contact with three of the offenders at a location in DeKalb County on January 26th. 

All three were taken into custody by DeKalb County authorities on unrelated stolen property charges. On January 27th, they were incarcerated in the DeKalb County Jail, awaiting extradition to Clarke County for service of arrest warrants obtained by UGA Police investigators for their involvement in this incident.  

Efforts to locate and take the fourth offender into custody continue. The offenders in this incident and the warrants obtained for each are:

  • Jerrell Simmons, a male visitor from Stone Mountain, Georgia
    • 1 count Burglary
    • 1 count Aggravated Assault
    • 1 count Battery
    • 1 count Armed Robbery

    • Darius Simmons Karikari, a male visitor from Atlanta, Georgia
      • 1 count Burglary
      • 1 count Aggravated Assault
      • 1 count Battery
      • 1 count Armed Robbery
    •  Terrance Wortham, a male visitor from Decatur, Georgia
        • 1 count Aggravated Assault
        • 1 count Battery
        • 1 count Armed Robbery
        • 1 county Burglary

         

        • Keyon Xavier Banks, a male visitor from Stone Mountain, Georgia
          • 1 count Burglary
          • 1 count Battery
          • 2 counts Aggravated Assault
          • 1 count Armed Robbery
          • 1 count Weapon on School Property

The UGA Police Department would like to reiterate the many benefits of an active partnership between the police and the members of our community as we work towards making our campus as safe as it can be. 

 A number of both physical and policy based security measures designed to maintain a high level of safety and security are in place throughout the campus. We strongly urge everyone to understand these measures and do all they can to abide by them.

After a number of interviews with individuals involved in the incident and a review of video surveillance from the residence hall, it is known that the perpetrators in this incident gained entry to the otherwise secure building when a student held open a door in violation of established security policies. Once the perpetrators gained entry into the building, they located and entered an unsecured suite to commit a burglary.

Always make sure your residence, office or other areas under your control are locked.  Be aware of individuals who may be loitering in areas with the intent to enter secured areas by “piggy backing” or by other means. 

 If you observe individuals acting suspiciously, individuals who are in or are entering secured locations without authorization, or other circumstances that seem suspicious, please call the University of Georgia Police Department (911 or 706-542-2200) immediately.

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