Police: Columbus teen admitted to Bojangles’ armed robbery

Shaquan Greene
Shaquan Greene

A Columbus man admitted to early Tuesday’s robbery at the Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits on Schomburg Road, where a shot was fired but no one was harmed, according to testimony Thursday in Columbus Recorder’s Court.

Shaquan Greene, 19, pleaded not guilty to armed robbery and weapon charges stemming from the incident that police said was recorded on the business’ surveillance camera.

Columbus Police Detective Brad Hall said Cpl. David Podger was near the Bojangles’ at 7660 Schomburg Road around 5:23 a.m. Tuesday when he heard a gunshot come from the direction of the business. He went to the restaurant to investigate.

Through the window, he spotted a black man with a blue and black bandana covering his face pointing a pistol at the employees inside. The glass of the westside door was shattered by a bullet fired shortly before the officer arrived, Hall said.

“At this time, the black male saw Cpl. Podger drive over to the parking lot, and he ran out the westside door of the business and fled the scene,” Hall testified. “Cpl. Podger went after the suspect and lost the suspect across the street on the west side of Schomburg Road near the dentist office.”

Authorities found a black Jeep Liberty that they thought belonged to the suspect and searched the area for the man. They located the clothes the suspect shed while fleeing from police, which officials said matched the description of the clothes the robber wore during the incident.

Around 5:30 a.m. a restaurant employee leaving Bojangles’ saw a black man walking along the J.R. Allen Parkway exit ramp between Schomburg Road and Blackmon Road. He was wearing short pants with no shirt or shoes, she reported.

Police responded to the area and arrested the man, who was identified as Greene. During an interview with detectives, he allegedly admitted to the armed robbery at Bojangles’.

“Somehow he encountered one of the employees in the rear of the business and held them at gunpoint,” Hall told the court. “There was another employee, one of the managers, that was inside. He then made both of them take him to the safe.”

The manager told the gunman there was no money in the safe, so the thief made them lead him to the register. He stole around $200, but police have only recovered $133, Hall testified.

The incident was captured on a surveillance camera, but police declined to immediately release the video.

After the interview, Greene allegedly directed authorities to the J.R. Allen Parkway exit ramp and showed them where he dropped the weapon. Officials found the semi-automatic pistol in the nearby woods, Hall testified.

Officials also learned that the Jeep they originally thought the suspect owned actually belonged to a friend of his who he was partying with the night before. Hall said that individual was sleeping when Greene took the vehicle without asking permission.

Greene was ordered held in the Muscogee County Jail. He was granted a $25,000 bond on the one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime but denied bond on the single count of armed robbery.

The case was bound over to Superior Court.

Tuesday’s incident was the third armed robbery reported at a Columbus Bojangles this month. The first happened Aug. 10 at the 3264 Victory Drive restaurant. Five days later, the business at 7660 Schomburg Road was targeted, according to a police report.

Hall said those cases are still under investigation.

Sarah Robinson: 706-571-8622, @sarahR_92