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Thomson student charged with armed robbery at college

Two college students, including one from Thomson, have been accused of robbing a female student at knifepoint at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville.

A portion of the campus briefly went on lockdown April 20 as a result of the crime, authorities said.

The student from Thomson was identified as David Preston Jenkins, 18, according to Harry Battson, the director of communications at GC&SU. The other suspect is Justin David McTiernan, 19, of Roswell. Ga. Both were taken to the Baldwin County Jail in Milledgeville after their arrests. They have been charged with armed robbery.

Both lived on campus, according to police records obtained by The McDuffie Mirror .

No additional charges had been filed against the two as of Friday, Mr. Battson said.

Mr. Jenkins has been released on bail, jail records show. Mr. McTiernan is awaiting bail to be posted.

The victim, a 19-year-old, who lived in Parkhurst Hall, was not injured, authorities said.

She told Lt. Raynard Tuft and Sgt. Brian English of the GC&SU police department that a man entered her dorm room at 4:36 p.m. wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt and a mask. The man demanded drugs and cash and had a knife.

Police immediately set up a perimeter around the dormitory building in search of the suspect.

Campus police requested assistance from the Milledgeville Police Department and Baldwin County Sheriff's Department.

A door-to-door search was conducted by authorities.

One of the suspects was taken into custody at Maxwell Student Union shortly after 5 p.m. About 5:30 p.m., a second suspect was arrested.

Mr. McTiernan reportedly took police to a nearby tennis court where a knife was retrieved and taken as evidence.

Authorities were alerted to the crime when the victim pushed an emergency panic button located in her dorm room. Students living in the building were alerted within four minutes of what had happened through emergency text messages and e-mails. Parkhurst Hall is home to approximately 300 students.

Web posted on Thursday, April 29, 2010

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