SOUTH FORSYTH – A Grayson resident has been charged with armed robbery and attempted murder after he reportedly shot a 57-year-old Cumming man during a Craigslist deal at a south Forsyth Kroger parking lot.
Robert Frederick, 32, is being held without bond at the Forsyth County Jail and faces charges of murder criminal attempt, armed robbery and aggravated assault in connection with the attack, which left the victim with a single gunshot wound to his right side. All are felony charges.
About 11:25 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a shooting at the Kroger at 1595 Peachtree Parkway, where the victim said he met with Frederick to purchase tools.
The victim told deputies he had made similar purchases from Frederick in the past.
On Oct. 7, the sheriff’s office and Gwinnett County Police served a search warrant at Frederick’s Grayson home “after a lengthy investigation,” where he was arrested on scene.
He also faces weapons and drug charges in Gwinnett County for small quantities of heroin, cocaine and firearms that were reportedly found.
According to an incident report, a black male similar in age reportedly remained in the vehicle while the shooter jumped into the victim’s truck and allegedly tried to rob him.
The victim told deputies he drove his truck across the Kroger parking lot with the suspect in the vehicle, who shot him in the right side of his ribcage, according to the report.
The suspect then reportedly jumped out of the truck, and the victim drove to the front of the Kroger to call for help.
The victim was transported to North Fulton Hospital, where he had surgery for what were described as non-life threatening injuries.
Deputy Epifanio Rodriguez, who was a spokesman for the sheriff’s office at the time of the incident, cautioned residents to be wary of where they conduct online sales.
“If you’re going to engage in a Craigslist sale, we encourage you to do it at a [police] precinct, a well-lit area or a place [where] there’s lot of people,” he said. “Any [such] transaction can be conducted in the parking lot of a law enforcement precinct.”
Staff reporter Isabel Hughes contributed to this report.