Two north Georgia men have been formally charged by the Superior Criminal Court of Forsyth County this week for an alleged gunpoint robbery in August.
On Nov. 19, Jamal Earl Davenport, 22, of Dawsonville and William Chase Grizzard, 19, of Gainesville were indicted by a grand jury in Forsyth County for six felony charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault.
According to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s office incident report filed on Aug. 3, Grizzard and Davenport allegedly met with two victims to sell them a half an ounce of marijuana for $130. During the deal, both suspects allegedly pulled out black handguns and forced a male suspect to hand over his wallet, keys and phone before fleeing the scene.
The report states that both suspects failed to report the crime for over a week for fear of Grizzard, who allegedly told them he would kill them if they reported the incident to authorities.
Arrest reports state that deputies arrested Grizzard after he was found hiding in the closet at a home in Gainesville and Davenport was arrested after a traffic stop on Jot Em Down Road.
Davenport and Grizzard have been charged with two felony counts of armed robbery and four counts of aggravated assault for the incident. Both are being held without bail in the Forsyth County Jail.
Their case will be presided over by Superior Court Judge Philip C. Smith and will be prosecuted by assistant district attorney Jennifer Scalia.
In a statement to the FCN, Davenport’s attorney, Jeffrey L. Cox, stated that his client “maintains his innocence and looks forward to a jury trial.”
An attorney for Grizzard could not be reached for comment, as of press time.
Other Forsyth County Superior Court indictments for November include:
—Jonathan Matthew Walls, 32, has been indicted on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and family violence for allegedly abducting a related female, assaulting her with a knife and causing her visible bodily harm by allegedly biting her arm.
—Preston Michael Lynn, 23, has been indicted for multiple felony and misdemeanor traffic charges. According to his indictment, Lynn is allegedly accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, amphetamine and marijuana on Jan. 10, 2018 and causing harm to the body of another person during that incident. He has been charged with three felony counts of serious injury by vehicle and three misdemeanor counts of DUI.
—Perry Michael Abernathy, 69, has been indicted for 10 counts of sexual exploitation of children. According to his indictment, between Nov. 7, 2017, and May 17, 2018, Abernathy allegedly possessed 10 images “depicting a minor (or minors) engaged in sexually explicit conduct.”
—Alex Ferdando Flores Avila, 31, has been indicted for three felony counts for trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of tetrahydrocannabinol with the intent to distribute. According to his indictment, Avila was arrested on Sept. 5, 2018 for allegedly possessing more than 10 pounds of marijuana and a THC substance.
—Ray Joseph Freund, 18, has been indicted on one felony count of rape. According to his indictment, Freund is accused of allegedly “having carnal knowledge” of a female “forcibly and against her will.”