2 charged in robbery of Zaxby's

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Two teenagers accused of firing shots inside a customer-filled fast-food restaurant Tuesday afternoon were captured shortly after robbing the business, police said.

Tyvyn Brown and Aboubakar Camara, both 15, were arrested and charged with armed robbery at Zaxby's, 4001 Harper-Franklin Ave., according to Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Richard Roundtree.

The juveniles were charged as adults under Georgia's Seven Deadly Sins statute, he said.

The armed robbery occurred just after 3 p.m., when the masked teens entered the business and demanded money, Sgt. Calvin Chew said. A surveillance videotape of the incident confirms that Mr. Camara fired three shots into the restaurant's ceiling.

Both teens ran toward the counter and demanded money from a clerk, Sgt. Chew said. After taking the cash, the two ran from the restaurant and crossed the four-lane Dyess Parkway toward an open field which adjoins the Belair Estates subdivision near the Columbia County line.

Mr. Camara was captured in Belair Estates after a brief chase with deputies, Sgt. Roundtree said. Mr. Brown was later arrested at his residence on Leadville Court in the Breckenridge subdivision behind the restaurant. Mr. Camara lives in the same neighborhood.

The Zaxby's franchise is located about a half-mile from Fort Gordon's Gate 1 and opened for business less than a year ago.

Sgt. Chew said about 20 customers and employees were inside the business during the shooting.

"Total disregard for public safety," he said.

No one was robbed or injured, he said.

Investigators canvassed Belair Estates searching for the weapon. A Georgia State Patrol helicopter helped in the search.

Employee Sean Stanton, 21, said he was standing near a counter when he heard what sounded like a cooking pan striking the floor.

"A manager said, 'He's got a gun.' That's when me and another guy ran out the back door," he said.

Mr. Stanton said employees saw the suspects sitting on a curb outside the restaurant minutes before the robbery and they might have recently completed employment applications to work at the restaurant.

Reach Timothy Cox at (706) 823-3217 or tim.cox@augustachronicle.com.

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xxlilmemphisxx
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xxlilmemphisxx 03/21/07 - 12:16 am
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I was in there when this

I was in there when this happened. I was with my boyfriend and my daugther *16 months* we were sitting right by the door where the young men ran in. Even though they told nobody to move I couldnt help but try to protect my daugther. I grabbed her and hid under a table...I kept praying and I kept saying to myself "this can't be happening..this can't be real" My boyfriend just stood there with his hands held up like everybody else. I mean these boys already shot one shot..Why not another? I was soo scared.

Signal Always
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Signal Always 03/21/07 - 02:21 am
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Lock'em up forever.

Lock'em up forever.

Reality
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Reality 03/21/07 - 03:49 am
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I don't want to read about

I don't want to read about first offenders and probation when they go to court. If the criminal justice system doesn't punish these teenagers to the full extent of the law, this stuff won't quit happening.

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3572 03/21/07 - 06:42 am
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Where was the parents and why

Where was the parents and why wasnt these bad a** children at school. Why didnt these parent know why these kids wasnt in school .

pantherluvcik
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pantherluvcik 03/21/07 - 07:00 am
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Both of them are 15 so they

Both of them are 15 so they are probably in high school, and high school lets out at about 2:30. That's if they are on their proper grade level, I have my doubts. I don't know what kids are thinking these days, these two boys just threw away about 15 years of their lives. If you don't think you can raise productive members of society, stop reproducing. Thank god nobody got hurt.

MartinezMom
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MartinezMom 03/21/07 - 07:02 am
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School is out at 3:00 in the

School is out at 3:00 in the afternoon.

amazed1
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amazed1 03/21/07 - 07:33 am
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If you do the crime, then you

If you do the crime, then you should do the time. Put them wher they will have time to reflect on their misadventure.

tknockin
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tknockin 03/21/07 - 07:34 am
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Find the proper solution. Yes

Find the proper solution. Yes this was wrong these two should be punished. But where is the community or the family that's suppose to care. Stop allowing kids to do whatever they want and be parents. Someone said these kids were trying to get jobs earlier. Why does a kid need a JOB. we have to do more to find the solutions not the problem

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ladybug2 03/21/07 - 07:45 am
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Good job to the richmond

Good job to the richmond county police officers who caught these fools

OMallen
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OMallen 03/21/07 - 08:06 am
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Good job to Richmond County

Good job to Richmond County police, but when this happens in Harrisburg, Old Towne, or on the South side the perps don't get caught so quickly, if at all.

lbwlfan03
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lbwlfan03 03/21/07 - 08:20 am
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man i feel so bad for

man i feel so bad for everyone. because these boys go to my school and i was just talking to one of the boys yesterday and i would never thought he would do anything close to this. He was such a nice and funny boy. We jivied all the time. So i wonder what make him, well both of them do this. this makes all teenages look bad and i hate that. plus, since both of these boys go to my school that makes richmond look bad and we are not all bad at richmond.

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abcd1 03/21/07 - 08:22 am
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they werent at school cuz

they werent at school cuz they go to richmond and they get out of school at 2 i know them both they are bad. i live in breckenridge and i see them all the time.

abcd1
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abcd1 03/21/07 - 08:22 am
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they werent at school cuz

they werent at school cuz they go to richmond and they get out of school at 2 i know them both they are bad. i live in breckenridge and i see them all the time.

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abcd1 03/21/07 - 08:24 am
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they are in high school they

they are in high school they go to ARC AND THEY DONT GET OUT AT 3 THEY GET OUT AT 2

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neva mind who i am 03/21/07 - 08:24 am
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n/a

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abcd1 03/21/07 - 08:27 am
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i agree with u ibwlfan03 and

i agree with u ibwlfan03 and i did not mean to put they were bad i meant to put good.

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sadye 03/21/07 - 09:01 am
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Martinezmom, you must not

Martinezmom, you must not have kids in columbia county schools. High school gets out at 2:45, Middle School gets out at 2:40 and elementary gets out at 3:30.

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SaraEmigMeyers 03/21/07 - 09:28 am
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Georgia law requires that

Georgia law requires that someone convicted of armed robbery serve a mandatory minimum of ten years in prison, including juveniles charged as adults.

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ARCalumni 03/21/07 - 09:34 am
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what does it matter about

what does it matter about columbia county schools? This story is about Richmond County students. They are released from school at 230pm.

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ImThatGuy 03/21/07 - 09:36 am
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Here we go again! Play-play

Here we go again! Play-play gangsters... come on! Please some one tell me how in the HECK you are going to be a "Bad Guy" living in Breckenridge!!! But then again social staus doesn't protect nor excuse us from ignorance. I say let them have the toughest punishment!

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OG Native 03/21/07 - 09:42 am
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Where did two 15 year olds

Where did two 15 year olds get a gun??? With bullets no less? Charge the parents!

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darr350 03/21/07 - 09:45 am
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From the looks of the english

From the looks of the english of the ARC pupils they need to stay in school till 5 p.m. These boys are criminals and there parents are probably helpless. Today peer presure far out weighs any parents decision. The jails are over crowded and these boys will be back on the street with a slap on the wrist in less than a month. Lets hope and pray the next time, and there will be a next time, they want kill one of your loved ones.

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golfer07 03/21/07 - 09:47 am
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i think that they shouldn't

i think that they shouldn't serve that much time b/c they are just kids and are very stupid and immature tryin to be hard. they should just go for about five years and get some probation or something. they only 15

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KingJames 03/21/07 - 09:52 am
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The parents of these two

The parents of these two robbers are not at fault for their kids' crimes. There are a lot of influences on kids nowadays that can undo good parenting. Just look at all of the viloence that's in music, movies, and TV shows and you have the perfect ingredients for disaster. Parenting is a hard job. There comes a time when all parents have to trust their kids to do the right thing when they are not around. If those kids don't, then I can't see how it's the parents fault. I mean, look at the boy scout in NC who just didn't want to be on the camping trip anymore so he walked away and got lost in the woods. He caused many volunteers and state agencies to have to look for him because of a decision he made. His parents trusted him to do the right thing and he didn't. These two robbers were trusted by their parents to do the right thing and they didn't. Parents can't be totally at fault, especially when the kids are so close to becoming adults. Now they have to face a hard lesson under the stong arm of the law.

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heres14u 03/21/07 - 10:00 am
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unbelievable! glad they're

unbelievable! glad they're being tried as adults... there should be no other way.

KingJames
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KingJames 03/21/07 - 10:00 am
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darr350 you are putting down

darr350 you are putting down the kids at ARC, but have a few mistakes in your own post. In your second sentence you said, "there parents," but should have said, "their parents." In your last sentence you said, "they want kill," but should have said, "they won't kill." Now that I've said that, let's keep in mind that we're not writing speeches for the president, but we're sharing thoughts about the news.

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arc parent 03/21/07 - 10:06 am
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darr350 - from the looks of

darr350 - from the looks of some of your spelling you need to be right there with them. It's time that everyone admits that there are bad kids everywhere - even Columbia Co. KingJames - I agree with you to a certain extent but even with the kid in NC - didn't they say he was ADHD? If you know that your child has a problem like this then you volunteer to go with them on the trip. Parents are definitely partly to blame - they drop their kids off at the mall, movies, etc... unattended and think they are going to do what mommy told them to do. Sorry - but when your kids are 10, 12, 13 years old they should be with you or another responsible adult not left alone to do what they want.

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Edward1968 03/21/07 - 10:15 am
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darr350, I wouldn't talk

darr350, I wouldn't talk about anyone's grammer and spelling. "there" is not the same as "their" and "want" isn't the same as "won't".

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07baby 03/21/07 - 10:15 am
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Damn that was dumb! I think

Damn that was dumb! I think they deserve another chance, so give them 5 years. that'll show them to appreciate what they had.

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tam75 03/21/07 - 10:16 am
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Blame the Parents!!! Blame

Blame the Parents!!! Blame the school for letting them out so early!!! Blame Bush(why not? he get's blamed for everything else) Come on people, there are only two people here that Can be blamed. The kids themselves, they got a gun, they sat outside and planned this, they or he fired the shots, and they ran like rabbits trying to evade the law. They did the crime let them and them only pay for what they did. And for all you wanting to blame the parents what are we supposed to do as parents follow or kids around all the time? Never let them out of our sights? Our kids espically at that age should know better than to make stupid descions that willaffect their lives and possibly the lives of others.

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