Police: Lackluster robbery attempt lands teen in jail

Akeem Benjamin

Akeem Benjamin

SNELLVILLE -- A half-hearted robbery attempt has landed a Snellville teen behind bars without bond, police said.

According to reports, 19-year-old Akeem Cassam Benjamin strolled into a Hewatt Road U-Haul location last week, went behind the counter and, right in front of a customer, demanded money.

This was a robbery, Benjamin reportedly said, adding that he had a gun hidden under his jacket.

Police said the clerk, who had just received $300 from the customer, closed the money drawer and agreed to fork over the cash -- after he got the customer safely out of the store.

All three men headed for the exit, police said, and Benjamin continued, empty-handed, shuffling westbound on Stone Mountain Highway.

A Gwinnett police officer happened to be next door and was on the scene within a minute, he said.

Benjamin was found at a nearby Burger King and positively identified by the customer and clerk, police said.

Benjamin reportedly told police that he hadn't been at the U-Haul location and that it was a case of mistaken identity.

Detectives didn't buy the teen's defense, taking out arrest warrants after interviewing Benjamin at police headquarters.

Jail records show Benjamin, charged with felony criminal attempt to commit a crime, is being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail.