2 charged in robbery of Zaxby's

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VIDEO: Watch surveillance footage of the robbery [31 sec.]

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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celiz
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celiz 03/22/07 - 11:19 pm
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On another note... this

On another note... this trend is going to get worse. From where I sit, there are no good black, male role models for these kids to follow. EASY people, I'm sure that a lot of these kids do have good parents, but what about the many that don't? They look to pop culture; and for them, typically it's hip hop/rap music. And of COURSE I'm not condemning all of that genre, but for a young, impressionable mind, sometimes that is their only example of "adult", or "manly", or "strong".
So how, on a small level, do we impact the greater level? And please, with all do respect, give me an answer that has something other than religion. Most of these said, "role models" talk about God and Jesus right before talking about pulling out their "gat" and "popping someone in the a@@".

celiz
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celiz 03/22/07 - 11:38 pm
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yeah mr polo, that's freakin'

yeah mr polo, that's freakin' hilarious. Are you 12?

worriedboutdafuture
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worriedboutdafuture 03/23/07 - 10:08 am
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This seems to be the popular

This seems to be the popular "Blog Spot" So I'll add my "Fiddy Cents!"(No pun Intended). Everyones blamin everybody from the homes to schools. You have all basically started a "Whose School is better war of words, when the simple fact was these two delinquents were'nt even in SCHOOL!. They were out robbin and being portrayed (By LIVE CAMERA) AS FOOLS!! Whose to blame? ALL OF US!! From the parents that TRUST but don't VERIFY what their kids are doing and with whom they are doing it with! To Our Neigbors who say it ain't none of my bidness! but pay in the long run with their tax dollars (PRISON SYSTEM) and maybe with themselves too becoming victims of a crime that these 2 "KNUCKLE-HEADS!!"may perpetrate against them! The schools which are already overburdened with too many kids and not enough skilled teachers some of who really could give a darn of teaching our youth. To our justice system which encourages these kids to commit these crimes with light sentences and slap on the wrist tactics of justice! We gotta put em all in check!! Hopefully JUSTICE PROPER JUSTICE IS WHAT THESE KIDS TURNED INSTANT THUGS WILL RECEIVE!

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brandyGYRL 03/23/07 - 10:29 am
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to bad so sad they should

to bad so sad they should not have been that stupid

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xxlilmemphisxx 03/23/07 - 11:14 am
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Has anybody heard any updates

Has anybody heard any updates on what's going on with this case or not? I hope they call everybody from the place to testify. I doubt they will because the video show's all and usually they only call people if they need more evidence to bust the idiots. But these two basically TURNED THEMSELVES IN before they even committed the crime. But if anybody hears about the case or what not's please post it on here. I'm anxious to see how much time they will serve. THIS MIGHT SOUND DUMB ASKING but does anybody think this could be some type of gang initiation they were performing? I've seen it done before just wondering if that came across anybody's mind yet? I guess all I can say is I hope these boys are praying hard every night that they will get some common sense put back into their minds.

ShakingMyHeadInShame
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ShakingMyHeadInShame 03/24/07 - 01:48 pm
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BelAire Estates? Goes to show

BelAire Estates? Goes to show that it doesn't matter where yiu live, huh? They deserve WHATEVER they get!

babyphatjessbcuz
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babyphatjessbcuz 03/26/07 - 05:19 am
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everyone has an opinion, and

everyone has an opinion, and a right to it. Unfortunately I have a view from inside one of the families. Everyone assumes that the parents did not play a positive role in their sons life. Nothing could be farther from the truth. This young man was raised with a very nuturing, disciplined father, who continued to provide alternatives, intervention and spiritual guidance. I am ashamed that people would immediately attack the parents. I feel a sense of hurt so deep because these families are forever changed. Yes these gentlemen did a terrible thing and it will not be forgotten by those individuals terrified that day, justice will prevail. However; these parents did more than many of you writing these comments could ever imagine, so please understand that sometimes no matter how much we put in to raising good honest law abiding citizens they are ultimately responsible for their actions. Please refrain from attacking the parents, the truly are respectable hard working citizens who have hit a brick wall, and lost a beautiful young mind, all at once.

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missyt66 03/26/07 - 05:20 am
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This video is on YouTube. At

This video is on YouTube. At fifteen, I was thinking about nail polish, hairstyles, and clothes. Not only is this a parental issue, this is a societal issue. Parents are failing kids left and right and society has been failing kids for years. Kids are neglected, not monitored, permitted to hang out, play video games excessively, watch garbage television excessively, and rarely engage in "good ol family fun". What happened to the times when families played board games, or watched movies together? Or visited the library together. Parents have replaced family time with working to keep HBO and internet going. All along we're losing a generation. Don't let me get started on the junk music that these kids listen to night and day. There's no balance; you can't have more junk going in than goodness. And that's what's happening. Parents and grandparents strung out, society is so damn stressful, people aren't happy, it's way too difficult to make ends meet. WE NEED TO GO BACK TO BASICS. Yet, out of convenience, we allow our kids to do certain things so we won't have to be fully involved, you know so we can do some of the things that we as parents enjoy. WRONG ANSWER. Kids first!

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missyt66 03/26/07 - 05:34 am
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One more point, as a society

One more point, as a society we have to show these two young men that we expect more from them. If we just look at them in disgust, then they are disgusted. If we don't provide them with hope, then they are hopeless. And you don't want to meet a hopeless person in a dark alley at any time of the day. Sure, it's the parent's job to provide encouragement, and values, however. As a society we can't sit back and wait for parents to do the right thing. If we were more proactive as opposed to being reactive, we could prevent some of this from happening. Perhaps we all should write to those two young men, and offer guidance, and support, and encouragement. By doing so, we raise the expectations. How about it? I'd be the first to say, I hate criminals, and I can't do much with a juvenile delinquent. Still, we should try something different. Kids don't feel good about themselves in comparison to when I was a teen. So let's write to these guys and say "I'm sorry that you felt you had to rob in order to get what you want". Or something like that. Send them a book, some knowledge, bombard them with alternatives and let's see what happens. Send them an old instrument or something. Just try.

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sha ron 03/26/07 - 08:59 pm
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This is sad. There are so

This is sad. There are so many positive things these guys could have been a part of but chose not to be. These kids made aa choice. I have young adult male and I know thier father did everthing we could to ensure outlet for thier idle time was made available to them. I am sure these parent tried. thhey are probably the ones who clean your hotel rooms, yor houses , wipe your behind in some hospital, working at some dead end job of some kind or they could be well educated people that are your professional working next to you but you have no rigt to past judge them.

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annabsingleton 04/21/07 - 08:12 am
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I respect everyone's opinion,

I respect everyone's opinion, however I too can comment as someone who knew one on these kids. Tyvyn Brown was raised by a very nurturing, God fearing, hard working, respectable father. The same law that is going to punish him as an adult is the same law that would not allow his dad to punish him without repercussion against him. When parents are trying to steer their children to be good, law abiding citizens and reaches out for help, the "system" should help BEFORE these types of behaviors occur. Please do not blame the parents unless you know the WHOLE story. There is more to the story than you'll ever know. I pray for the families of the kids as well as everyone that were a part of this crime. ALL LIVES WILL BE CHANGED FOREVER.

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