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Augusta man charged in Bistro 491 robbery

Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 10:07 PM
Last updated 10:43 PM
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Police have arrested an Augusta man who is accused of robbing the owner of Bistro 491 Friday.

Melvin Eugene Jackson, 33, of Aiken Street, was charged with felony counts of armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime Monday in connection with the incident.

The restaurant owner, Henry Colley, 63, said he was in his office late Friday when a man in all black clothing and a ski mask came in through a back door and put a handgun to the side of his head, according to a Richmond County sheriff’s report.

After Colley told the gunman that he didn’t have any money, the man frisked him and took a few dollars out of Colley’s pockets.

The man struck Colley in the head with the gun and dropped it. After picking the gun up, he threatened to kill Colley if he refused to open the restaurant’s safe.

Colley opened the safe and handed over two money bags, which the gunman stuffed into his pockets before walking out the back door.

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southern2
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southern2 12/24/13 - 08:35 am
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I was wondering how Melvin

I was wondering how Melvin was ID'd with the ski mask and all but then I see he dropped the gun during the heist...this took the cops straight to the Apple Dumpling Gang.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/24/13 - 09:57 am
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Interesting Story

Interesting Story

jimmymac
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jimmymac 12/24/13 - 10:17 am
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THIEF
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Great police work in apprehending this thug so quickly. Maybe he'll get an appropriate sentence instead of it being "first time offender" probation. No one convicted of a violent crime should ever be given such a break.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 12/24/13 - 11:38 am
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Inside job
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This guy had to know that Henry would be alone in his office at this time and that there would be money in the safe. Most transactions in restaurants like Bistro 491 are done with plastic so they're not typical targets for crooks.

Melvin needs a nice long sabbatical in the hoosegow.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 12/24/13 - 11:39 am
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lique
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lique 12/25/13 - 12:49 am
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This is a case of mistaken

This is a case of mistaken identity. The wrong man is being accused of this crime.

KSL
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KSL 12/25/13 - 11:44 am
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How do you know?

How do you know?

lique
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lique 12/25/13 - 12:29 pm
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I cannot say anymore than

I cannot say anymore than that.

blaqbird07
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blaqbird07 12/25/13 - 05:17 pm
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If you know more then why not

If you know more then why not say it? So you will remain silent and allow an innocent man to remain incarcerated? You sound like a good witness!(Sarcasm)

David Parker
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David Parker 12/26/13 - 02:04 pm
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Went back to original story

Went back to original story and the smartphone was taken. There's your trail.

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