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Man indicted for armed robbery during Craigslist deal at south Forsyth Kroger
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Robert Frederick. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

SOUTH FORSYTH -- A Grayson resident who was arrested after a 57-year-old Cumming man was shot during a Craigslist deal at a south Forsyth Kroger parking lot has been indicted by a Forsyth County Grand Jury.

Robert Edward Frederick, 32, is accused of armed robbery and three counts of aggravated assault, according to a Feb. 13 bill of indictment.

According to the report, Frederick, “with the intent to commit a theft,” took money from the man “by use of a handgun” on Sept. 30, 2016.

The Forsyth County News previously reported that deputies responded to the shooting at the Kroger at 1595 Peachtree Parkway about 11:25 p.m., where the victim said he met with Frederick to purchase tools.

The victim reportedly told deputies he had made similar purchases from Frederick in the past.

The aggravated assault charges stem, according to the Grand Jury’s indictment, from Frederick reportedly making “an assault upon” the victim “with intent to rob,” “with a deadly weapon, to wit: a handgun” and “with a Taser.”

Frederick was arrested at his Grayson home on Oct. 7, 2016 when the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and Gwinnett County Police served a search warrant “after a lengthy investigation.”

He also faced drug weapons and drug charges in Gwinnett County at the time for small quantities of heroin, cocaine and firearms that were reportedly found.

According to reports at the time of the incident, Frederick reportedly 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 Frederick in the vehicle, who reportedly shot him in the right side of his ribcage.

Frederick then supposedly jumped out of the truck, and the victim drove to the front of the Kroger to call for help, after which he was transported to North Fulton Hospital for surgery on what were described as non-life threatening injuries.

“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,” said a sheriff’s office official at the time. “Any [such] transaction can be conducted in the parking lot of a law enforcement precinct.”