Crime

Macon man arrested in alleged crime spree

An 18-year-old Macon man was charged Monday in connection with a crime spree that allegedly involved carrying a gun onto Mercer University property in February, beating a man in April and an armed robbery in May.

Craig Larmont Curry, of Case Street, is charged with carrying weapons on school property, escape, criminal trespass, battery, criminal gang activity, armed robbery, kidnapping, burglary and two counts of aggravated assault, according to Bibb County jail records.

According to arrest warrants:

Curry and two other people were spotted walking in Mercer University parking lots about 10:10 p.m. Feb. 24. He asked a student where he could buy drugs. School security cameras showed the trio entering vehicles.

Curry also is accused of hiding a loaded handgun in the bed of a pick-up truck. After police charged Curry with carrying a gun on campus, he escaped.

Curry and four other people allegedly assaulted a man April 3 in a parking lot off North Atwood and Mercer University drives, according to a Bibb County Sheriff’s Office release.

The man had argued with one of his alleged attackers at a pool party, but he left to avoid further confrontation. Curry and the other men followed the man to the Sparks Cafe parking lot where a fight ensued.

Video of the fight -- which included the man being struck with closed fists, stomped, kicked and struck with a gun -- was uploaded to social media, according to an arrest warrant filed in the case.

Arrest warrants allege that the fight was gang-related and that Curry is a member, associate or affiliate of the “10-12” gang, also known as the “Petey Fam.”

The other four alleged attackers were arrested before Curry’s arrest.

Authorities say Curry befriended teenagers at a basketball court off Napier Avenue May 15 and asked one of them for a ride. During the ride, he brandished a handgun and took the teen’s cell phones, according to the release.

Curry also allegedly forced the teen to take him to an ATM and withdraw $20. Afterward, he told the teen to drive to his home on Manning Mill Road in south Bibb County, where he forced multiple teenagers into the house. There he took a video gaming system and clothes, according to the release.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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