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Decatur teen pleads guilty in Rue 21 robbery

CONYERS — One Decatur teenager pleaded guilty in connection with the armed robbery of two employees of the Rue 21 store in early 2013, according to Chief Assistant District Attorney Bob Houman.

Isaac Trimble Jr., of 3863 Memorial Drive, Apt. 1504, Decatur faced charges of armed robbery, robbery, motor vehicle hijacking and two counts of aggravated assault, according to the Conyers Police Department’s reports. Trimble, who was 16 at the time of the incident, was charged as an adult.

Trimble went before Judge Robert Mumford on April 3 and pleaded guilty to armed robbery, aggravated assault, robbery and violation of street gang terrorism and prevention act.

Houman said Trimble received a sentence of 15 years, with 10 to serve, and a $10,000 fine.

Two employees of the Rue 21 store were robbed at gunpoint as they left the store on Dogwood Drive around 11:15 p.m. Jan. 2, 2013. The employees were robbed of their cell phones and cars.

A 24-year-old male employee and an 18-year-old female employee were leaving when they were approached by five black males in a Jeep.

According to the victims’ statements to the CPD, two of the suspects jumped out of the back seat of the Jeep. One, who was wearing a goblin mask, approached the male employee, held a gun to his head and ordered him to sit on the curb. The second suspect, who had his face covered by a bandanna, ran toward the female employee, who was in her car texting while the car was warming up. The suspect reportedly screamed for her to get out of the car, opened her car door, grabbed her and threw her to the ground.

Both victims said the suspects took their cell phones and drove off in their cars. They ran to Carmike Cinema to phone the police. Both victims’ cars were recovered in separate locations in DeKalb County a couple days later.