Tuesday, July 8, 2008
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE - A man on the run from local authorities for nearly a year was arrested Friday for his role in the August 2007 shooting death of a Lawrenceville teen.
Carl Royal Robinson, 20, was arrested by Lawrenceville police on charges of furnishing a pistol to a minor, failure to appear and a probation violation.
Robinson is accused of furnishing a .357 magnum to a group of teens who reportedly used the weapon in a game of Russian Roulette. Central Gwinnett student Kristen Ivory Hannon, 17, died of a gunshot to her chest when the weapon discharged.
Police issued a warrant last August for Robinson, of Lawrenceville, alleging he "knowingly and recklessly" furnished the gun to minors while on probation for previous violent crimes.
Gwinnett police initially said the shooter was a 16-year-old boy who accidentally discharged the weapon. He was later charged with involuntary manslaughter and held at a juvenile facility, while prosecutors mulled whether or not to charge him with murder.
The upgraded charges would give prosecutors the option of trying him as an adult.
As for Robinson, police happened upon him Friday night while questioning a driver at a Citgo Gas station on Northdale Road.
Robinson was the passenger in a Chevrolet Prizm, driven by a man who allegedly talked back to an officer who questioned them for rolling cigars in the parking lot. When officers ran a background check on Robinson, they discovered he was wanted on the weapons charges and arrested him. The driver was questioned and let go, according to a police report.
"(Robinson) did not seem surprised that there was a warrant outstanding for him," the arresting officer wrote.
Robinson has been arrested at least four times since August 2005. The allegations against him have ranged from shoplifting and disruption of a public school to more violent offenses such as aggravated assault and terroristic threats and acts, according to jail records.
He remains in the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.