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First week of classes at Gordon marred by armed robbery

By Walter Geiger The first week of fall semester at Gordon State College was marred by an on-campus armed robbery that occurred late on Aug. 11, the second day of classes. A Gordon student was sitting on a wall near The Village housing complex at about 11:30 p.m. when he was accosted by two black males, one of whom brandished a handgun. The student forked over a small amount of cash but was unhurt. The suspects drove away but their vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation a short time later. Gordon police were in the process of issuing a lookout for the vehicle when they heard the BPD radio traffic and suspected those stopped were the robbery suspects. That was confirmed and the two men were arrested and booked into the Lamar County jail. Sheriff Brad White identified them as Dequane Rayshun Williams, 20, of 221 Jenkins St. in Barnesville and Keondre Deshon Strother, 20, of 72 Britt St. in Sparta, Ga. Williams, the alleged gunman, is charged with armed robbery and carrying a weapon on school grounds. Strother is charged with party to a crime, tag light violation and failure to obey a traffic control device. Both men remain in jail after being denied bond at a first appearance in magistrate court Friday.

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