Kathleen man, teen accused of attempted robbery of pizza delivery man

bpurser@macon.comOctober 1, 2013 

Adrian Simmons

WARNER ROBINS -- A man and a teenager are accused of attempting to rob a Marco’s Pizza delivery man who fled as gunshots were being fired at him.

Andrian DeShawn Simmons, 22, of Kathleen, and a 16-year-old are each charged with attempted armed robbery and aggravated assault in the 8:30 p.m. Thursday incident in the 100 block of Woolfolk Road, said Houston County sheriff’s Capt. Jon Holland. Simmons also was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during a crime.

Nineteen-year-old Lucas Defore slowed down his pickup along Woolfolk Road looking for the address where he was going to make a pizza delivery when he saw a masked man who was armed with a gun step out from behind some bushes, Holland said. The quick-thinking Defore hit the accelerator and drove his truck through a wooded area at the road’s dead end to get away, the investigator said.

As Defore was fleeing, Simmons allegedly fired several shots and struck the truck, Holland said.

“He’s very fortunate to escape without any injuries,” Holland said of Defore.

The teenager’s involvement was calling in the pizza to the address that did not exist. Although Defore did not see the teen, he was hiding nearby during the attempted robbery, Holland said.

Simmons was being held without bond at the Houston County jail, while the teen was being held at a regional youth detention facility, Holland said.

Both suspects lived in walking distance of where the alleged attempted robbery took place, Holland said, and both were arrested without incident Monday night.

Simmons has two 2009 felony sexual battery convictions in Houston County, according to online records of the district attorney’s office.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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