After being terminated from the Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits on Airport Thruway in June, Shaquan Greene allegedly committed four armed robberies at other Bojangles’ restaurants the following two months.
Greene, 19, pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning in Columbus Recorder’s Court to charges related to three of those incidents as well as two business armed robberies at the China Wok at 3473 North Lumpkin Road.
Columbus Police Sgt. Randy Long said the six incidents Greene has been linked to happened between mid-July and mid-August. The first occurred July 13 in the 3300 block of North Lumpkin Road, where the business owner of the nearby China Wok was robbed while delivering food.
Two days later, an individual armed with a shotgun walked into the China Wok and robbed the business. Three days later, the same person robbed the restaurant again using the same firearm, according to witnesses’ statements to police.
On Aug. 15 and Aug. 23, the Bojangles’ at 7660 Schomburg Road was robbed.
No injuries were reported, but a shot was fired during the most recent incident. An officer was in the area when he heard the gunshot around 5:23 a.m. Aug. 23.
Through the window, he spotted a black man with a blue and black bandana covering his face pointing a pistol at the employees. The glass of a door was shattered by the bullet, Columbus Police Detective Brad Hall testified in the Aug. 25 preliminary hearing where Greene pleaded not guilty to armed robbery and weapon charges related to the incident.
The robber fled the scene on foot with $200 in cash, but officials found clothes and $133 that they believe he dropped while escaping. Greene was arrested in connection with the crime after an employee saw him walking along the J.R. Allen Parkway exit ramp between Schomburg and Blackmon roads without a shirt or shoes.
Police said Greene admitted to the Aug. 23 holdup and directed them to the J.R. Allen Parkway exit ramp to show them where he dropped the weapon. Officials found the semi-automatic pistol in the nearby woods and later determined that it was stolen.
Greene pleaded not guilty in Recorder’s Court on Sept. 20 to one count of theft by receiving stolen property stemming from that finding.
Officials said further investigation led them to believe that Greene was connected with the other Bojangles’ robberies and the holdups involving China Wok and its owner.
Long said detectives showed the witnesses Greene’s picture in a photo lineup and they identified him as the robber.
“Through the course of the investigation, we found out that he worked at the Bojangles on Airport Thruway, so he was familiar with the policies at the restaurant,” Long testified.
Greene currently faces 12 counts of aggravated assault, eight counts of armed robbery, one count of theft by receiving stolen property and seven counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Represented by Public Defender Charles Lykins, Greene didn’t testify in court. He remains held in the Muscogee County Jail after being denied bond on multiple charges.