In the early morning hours of August 16, 2016 a customer leaving a local convenience store was walking back to his vehicle when he was approached by a black male who pointed a handgun at him, demanding money out of his pocket. The victim gave the suspect $120 in cash and then the suspect demanded the victim’s wallet from his front pocket. The victim refused to turn his wallet over to the suspect and the victim successfully obtained the gun from the suspect after a brief altercation. The suspect fled on foot with the victims $120 in US currency. The gun that was used in the armed robbery was in fact a pellet handgun and was turned over to law enforcement by the victim on scene. This incident occurred at Mickey’s Grocery located at 703 Bethel Street in Thomaston Upson County Georgia 30286.
The criminal investigation led to the arrest of Demarcus Jermaine Griggs, 17 years of age from Thomaston who was apprehend at his parents residence located in the Lincoln Park area in Thomaston, GA on August 17, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Griggs is currently being held without bond at the Upson County Sheriff’s Office Jail and is charged with Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Participation in Criminal Street Gang Activities, and Influencing a witness.