Police: 16-year-old arrested, attempted to rob mall security guard at gunpoint

A 16-year-old was arrested a week after allegedly trying to rob a security guard at gunpoint inside a restroom at Arbor Place Mall, authorities said.

The teenager was arrested Sept. 6 and faces charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault, Douglasville police said in a news release. The department is working with the county’s district attorney to “pursue charging this individual as an adult.” AJC.com only identifies juvenile suspects if they’re being charged as adults.

The security guard’s wife, Amanda McDonald, previously told Channel 2 Action News that the suspect held a gun to her husband’s neck before asking for his phone, cash and wallet on Aug. 30.

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She said her husband, 38-year-old James McDonald, carries handcuffs as part of his security job, which likely scared the would-be robber.

“(The gunman) paused and kind of pulled the gun away from his neck just enough that my husband grabbed that hand, and they started fighting over the gun,” she said. “(My husband) managed to get a few licks in on him.”

The teen only stole a pocketknife before running away. As he ran, he was joined by a second suspect, Channel 2 reported. It’s unclear whether police are still searching for a second person in the case.


Press Release Armed Robbery- Arbor Place Mall On 08/30/2019, James McDonald age 38, was robbed at gunpoint inside a...

Posted by Douglasville Police Department on Wednesday, September 11, 2019

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