Augusta man accused of armed robbery

 

An Augusta man was arrested early Sunday and charged with trying to rob a man of his car and cash earlier in the day.

Allando Shamars Branch, 27, of Iron Horse Drive, was booked into the Augusta-Richmond County Jail around 6:17 a.m. Sunday on charges of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, jail records show.

Around 1:15 a.m., Rafael Duran-Nopal told police he was turning his headlights off when an unknown man approached in the 2800 block of Joy Road, pointed a gun at him and told him to hand over the car keys and his money.

When Duran-Nopal handed the items over, he grabbed the gun and yelled for help. A passerby rushed to help, the report said, and Duran-Nopal was able to wrestle the gun away from the man, who left in a white car traveling north on Boy Scout Road. Deputies recovered a .380-handgun, seven live rounds and a ammo magazine at the scene.

Around 2:30 a.m., Rich­mond County deputies responded to a robbery call in the 200 block of Boy Scout Road. Branch told authorities he was robbed of his .380-caliber handgun and forced into the trunk of his white 1999 Buick Century, the report said.

After Branch consented to the search of his car, deputies found a gun box for the .380-caliber gun with 13 rounds matching those found at the first crime scene.

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