A man who was allegedly tied to the scene of a 2017 Forsyth County motorcycle hijacking through DNA evidence has now been formally charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and hijacking by Forsyth County’s highest court.
Court documents show that last week a Forsyth County Grand Jury chose to indict Kwame Akintunde Abayomi, 29, of Douglasville, for an incident that allegedly occurred on Nov. 28, 2017, where a local man was robbed at gunpoint after attempting to sell his motorcycle on Craigslist.
Abayomi was taken into custody by Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 4, 2019, after investigators allegedly located his DNA at the victim’s residence, according to Cpl. Doug Rainwater of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.
At the time of Abayomi’s arrest, Rainwater told the Forsyth County News that at about 10 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2017, two men came to the victim’s house, located on Flowers Drive in Cumming, in response to a Craigslist advertisement the victim posted about a motorcycle for sale.
“The [first] suspect, a white male, came to the house and said the guy sitting in the car parked outside [of the victim’s house] is an Uber driver and he brought him up here,” Rainwater said at the time of the crime. “The victim showed the [suspect] the motorcycle and while the white male was looking at the bike, a black male pretending to be the Uber driver walked up alongside the white male and pointed a gun at the victim. The white male jumped on the motorcycle and the black male jumped back into the car and started to drive off.”
The victim, who Rainwater said was also armed, retreated to the tree line of his property and began firing at the suspects as they fled the area. Both suspects eluded his gunfire and attempts by law enforcement to pursue them.
According to Rainwater, crime scene investigators were able to collect DNA at the victim’s home and send it to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab for analysis.
Rainwater said that in June 2018 they received word that the DNA was a match for an individual, Abayomi, who was already known in the Georgia prison database. In August, Rainwater said that they received word that he had been taken into custody in Douglasville on unrelated charges.
“He was in the Georgia prison system already with his DNA, so we did our due-diligence to check facts and make sure he was capable of being in Forsyth County on that date,” Rainwater said. “It has been confirmed that he had the opportunity to be in our area.”
Indictment documents state that Abayomi has been charged with armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle and two counts of aggravated assault.
This case will be presided over by Superior Court Judge Philip C. Smith and will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Scalia. Abayomi will be represented by Marietta defense attorney David West.
Court records show that Abayomi is set to be arraigned in Forsyth County Superior Court on May 7.
In a statement to the Forsyth County News, a legal representative for Abayomi stated that their client maintains his innocence and will enter a not guilty plea at his arraignment.