A well-known Smyrna tattoo parlor owner has been indicted for allegedly robbing a group of customers at gunpoint inside his shop.
A Cobb County grand jury formally charged Brandon Bond on charges including armed robbery, aggravated assault and false imprisonment, according to court documents from the Dec. 13 proceedings.
According to a warrant, Bond pointed a Glock 19 pistol at a group of customers and demanded $500 from them before they could leave the locked store on Dec. 22, 2017.
Connor Salley, who drove from South Carolina with some friends to get tattooed by Bond, previously told Channel 2 Action News that Bond was so intoxicated that Salley no longer felt comfortable getting his tattoo.
“At that time, he got a crazy look in his eyes, pulled his gun out, pointed at me, started screaming,” Salley said.
Police said they found heroin and marijuana in the shop, for which Bond was also charged and indicted.
Bond is a respected member of the Atlanta body art community with 26,000 followers on Instagram and profiles in multiple publications. He also has fostered hundreds of pit bulls, including three dogs that were seized from the dog-fighting ring of former Falcons superstar quarterback Michael Vick, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.
The 44-year-old opened All of Nothing Tattoo & Art Gallery at 2569 South Cobb Drive in June 2004, making it Smyrna’s first tattoo shop, according to the AJC.
Since then, Bond has become the go-to tattoo artist for some well-known clients.
Several former Atlanta Braves players carry ink from All or Nothing, according to the shop’s website: Ryan Howard, Dan Uggla, Peter Moylan, Kris Medlen, Jordan Schafer and Martin Prado.
He appears to have been associated with many Braves players over the years, including a friendship with former top-prospect pitcher Tommy Hanson.
Hanson had been staying with Bond the weekend he died from delayed complications of cocaine and alcohol toxicity in November 2015, the AJC reported at the time.
Bond’s then-girlfriend said it was barking dogs that brought her down the stairs of the Coweta County home that Sunday morning to find Hanson’s face discolored and his hands cold. The 29-year-old died at a hospital. There was no indication of foul play.
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Bond’s indictment totals 10 charges in all.
About the same time Bond was arrested, one of his employees, Nicholas Gamboa, was separately accused of sexually assaulting a woman who had come in for a piercing.
Gamboa has not been indicted on his aggravated sexual battery charge but sex crimes prosecutors are reviewing the case, said Amy Rushing, spokeswoman for the Cobb district attorney’s office.
Bond’s next court date was not listed in the Cobb County Superior Court database.
He has been in Cobb jail since his arrest in late October, jail records showed Friday, and is being held without bond.