DeKALB – Two DeKalb men are facing armed robbery charges after a drug deal gone bad at Marathon gas station on Sycamore Road Thursday night, court records show.
Quintarius C. Randolph, 19, of the 900 block of Crane Drive in DeKalb is charged with armed robbery, defacing identification marks on a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon without a FOID card. Darneil A. Franklin, 19, also of the 900 block of Crane Drive in DeKalb, is also charged with armed robbery.
If convicted of the most serious crime, armed robbery, the two could face up to 30 years in jail and fines up to $25,000.
According to DeKalb County court records, Franklin told police the duo was initially going to meet the alleged robbery victim, a man, in the parking lot of the Marathon gas station to sell him marijuana Thursday night. But instead, when the victim got into the back seat of a white Chevrolet Malibu in the parking lot of the gas station to purchase the drug, Randolph pointed a loaded silver and black Bersa .380 caliber handgun at the victim and stole some cash.
During their virtual bond hearing Friday afternoon, DeKalb County Circuit Court Judge Robbin Stuckert set Franklin’s bond at $10,000, and he’d have to post $1,000 to get out of jail. She set Randolph’s bond at $50,000 due to the fact that at the time of the alleged robbery, the 19-year-old was out on bail from a pending Cook County case which also involved gun-related charges, including armed robbery, aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
Randolph would have to post $5,000 to get out of jail. If either man is able to post bond, they’d also be placed on electronic home monitoring, Stuckert ruled, and were ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim.
Franklin does not have any adult criminal history, said Assistant State’s Attorney Alicia Caplan, but she said Cook County records show he has some juvenile charges, though it’s unclear at this time whether those charges, including a juvenile arrest for a robbery in 2018 and charges of unlawful use of a weapon, carried convictions.
The charges follow reports of an armed robbery Thursday night at the Marathon gas station, 1734 Sycamore Road in DeKalb.
Less than 15 minutes after sending a citywide alert to be on the lookout for the white Malibu, DeKalb police reported Thursday they’d detained multiple people involved in the incident at a Marathon gas station on Sycamore Road.
DeKalb Acting Police Chief Bob Redel said Thursday one man was in custody and was found with a loaded handgun linked to the armed robbery (later identified as Randolph) while a second was undergoing questioning by DeKalb police, also linked to the robbery.
Redel said the victim was robbed of money, but did not specify amount.
According to a citywide alert text sent around 7:45 p.m. Thursday, police located the white Chevrolet Malibu in the 1900 block of Sycamore Road. An initial alert was sent around 7:35 p.m. warning the public about the incident and asking them to be alert for the suspected vehicle.
DeKalb County court records show the robbery was reported around 7:20 p.m. Thursday. Records show police discovered Franklin was the driver of the car, while Randolph rode in the front seat. While conducting a search of Randolph’s person, police found the loaded handgun with a defaced serial number in a small handbag Randolph was wearing, records show.
Source: The Daily Chronicle