Final Suspect in UGA Dorm Robbery Arrested

20 February 2014

The fourth and final suspect in an alleged armed robbery at a University of Georgia dorm was arrested on Wednesday. The arrest of Keyon Xavier Banks, 20, was in connection to the January 26 incident at Busbee Hall located in UGA’s East Campus Village. Police say Banks and three accomplices allegedly entered a door that was held open by another student. The four suspects were visiting a UGA student on campus.

The incident happened early in the morning, after the suspect left downtown without the student they were visiting, police said. When they saw a student holding the door open at Busbee Hall, they saw an opportunity and entered the dorm building where UGA police say they committed a burglary of a student’s unlocked room.

The student who lives there found the suspects stealing belongings and an altercation ensued, police said. One of the suspect reportedly showed he was armed with a handgun in his waistband. The suspects then fled campus, said police.

When police went to the suspect’s home in DeKalb County later the day of the incident, they found Banks there along with two other suspects involved in the robbery who ran out the back door, UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said.

“As they went out the back door they had a firearm, and fortunately for everyone involved the firearm was thrown to the ground when they were confronted,” Williamson said.

The suspects arrested that day were identified as Jerrell Simmons of Stone Mountain, Darius Simmons Karikari of Atlanta, and Terrance Wortham of Decatur. Through further investigation, police identified and captured the fourth suspect, Keyon Xavier Banks.

Banks, 20, of Stone Mountain, was booked into Clarke County Jail early Thursday on charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault, first-degree burglary, battery, and possession of a weapon in a school safety zone.

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