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Man Robs DeKalb County Georgia McDonald’s Drive-Thru Window at Gunpoint

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jan 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Police officers in DeKalb County are still searching for the man who robbed a local McDonald's on January 2nd. Around 11:30 pm, the suspect ran on foot past cars in line at the restaurant's drive-thru. He climbed in through the window with a small handgun, pointed the gun at the cashier, and got away with the cash register. The incident was recorded on their surveillance video, and investigators say that they can hear his voice on the audio recording. 

The police have distributed the video footage of the incident in hopes of locating the suspect. He is looking at charges of Aggravated Assault and Armed Robbery. 

Aggravated Assault in Georgia

By definition of Georgia Code - O.C.G.A. § 16-5-21: A person commits the offense of aggravated assault when he or she assaults: 

  • with intent to murder, to rape, or to rob; 
  • with a deadly weapon or with any object, device, or instrument which, when used offensively against a person, is likely to or actually does result in serious bodily injury; 
  • with any object, device, or instrument which, when used offensively against a person, is likely to or actually does result in strangulation; 
  • or a person or persons without legal justification by discharging a firearm from within a motor vehicle toward a person or persons. 

Punishment for an Aggravated Assault conviction is imprisonment for anywhere between one to twenty years. 

Armed Robbery in Georgia 

By definition of Georgia Code - O.C.G.A. § 16-8-41: A person commits the offense of armed robbery when, with intent to commit theft, he or she takes property of another from the person or the immediate presence of another by use of an offensive weapon, or any replica, article, or device have the appearance of such weapon. 

A conviction of Armed Robbery has a potential sentence of ten to twenty years imprisonment. The minimum being ten years in prison with no chance of early release. Armed Robbery can also mean a sentence of life in prison.

Both of these crimes are considered serious felonies in Georgia. This means that these crimes are punishable by imprisonment for more than one year. Felonies not only include prison time, but can also result in:

  • probation, 
  • fines, 
  • community service, 
  • restitution,
  • loss of voting privileges, 
  • loss of the right to own a firearm, 
  • loss of federal and state financial aid, 
  • loss of driving privileges,
  • and loss of certain job opportunities. 

To schedule a free consultation with Lawson and Berry or one of our Georgia Criminal Defense Attorneys, contact our office today. With over 50 combined years of experience, Lawson and Berry know exactly how to assist with your case. Contact us today.

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