College Park man arrested for 2 Fayetteville armed robberies

Charlie Jackson, Jr. Photo/Fayette County Jail.
Charlie Jackson, Jr. Photo/Fayette County Jail.

Fayetteville police on Jan. 25 arrested a College Park man who has been charged with the armed robberies of a business at the Fayette Pavilion on Jan. 23 and a food mart on North Glynn Street on Jan. 24.

Charlie Jackson, Jr., 22, was charged with two counts of armed robbery, according to Fayetteville Police Department Captain Jeff Harris. Other charges are pending, Harris added.

In the Jan. 23 armed robbery, officers at approximately 1 p.m. were dispatched to the City Gear athletic shoes and clothing store on Pavilion Parkway in reference to an armed robbery in progress.

“Police arrived and met with the complainant, a City Gear employee, who said an unidentified black male came into the store and pointed a firearm at them, demanding cash from the register,” city spokesperson Ann Marie Burdett said at the time.

Reports noted that the man, for whom witnesses provided a description, fled the store on foot.

In the Jan. 24 armed robbery, a male entered the GKJ Food Mart on North Glynn Street at approximately 1 p.m.

Harris said the man produced a handgun and took an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register.

Witnesses were able to provide officers with a description of the vehicle used in the robbery, Harris noted.

It was on Jan. 25 that Jackson wrecked the truck he was driving in the area of Tommy Lee Cook Road and U.S. Highway 29 in northeast Coweta County, said Harris.

Harris said Fayetteville officers, with the assistance of Coweta County deputies, took Jackson into custody.


  1. I can’t help but wonder if young Charlie Jackson had the same advantages that I had as a child.

    I was born into a stable family, middle-class, in a safe neighborhood, with good schools. My parents both found steady employment and arranged daily child care for me. I always had plenty of nutritious food. I was never without access to health care. My parents were able to attend church with me every Sunday. My childhood home was full of books and music and a daily newspaper. Not to put too fine a point on it–I was a very fortunate child.

    The news story about the arrest of Charlie Jackson is indeed sad.
    His short life thus far has gone violently wrong.

    But even sadder to me, somehow, are the longer lives of others unable to feel any empathy for him.

    It is not a level playing field out there. We fortunate ones can at least show some human kindness.

  2. I’m an old dude and I remember the “Great Society” pushed on black people by the Democrats. Someone tell me if that improved life for African Americans?
    May I hear a black voice of knowledge, this is an honest question I am asking.

    • Sorry to hear Vics that you don’t have any Black friends or neighbors in which to confide in for an answer to your question on the impact(s) from the Great Society, whether they may be the policy initiatives, programs, and/or the actual legislation acts. The goal or vision as you may recall was for all Americans (underscore here) to share in the opportunities for a better life in this country; as in equitable voting rights, increased opportunities to better housing, education, and jobs (both urban and rural America) along with enhancements to Social Security and creation of Medicare for the elderly. The desired net-goals were ending poverty (cut in half at the end of the Johnson administration), abolishing inequality, improving the environment, and yes reducing crime, which are all still very much being sought after to this day.

      • Thanks for shining a light on the history Doon.
        What is the answer for our present problems that Black folk’s face?
        I have one close Black friend, but he is an immigrant from Jamaica who came here as an adult and is an electrical engineer…his experience is different per our talks.
        Why is there this vast gulf that separates Charlie Jackson, Jr. age 22 from the rest of us?

        • Generally speaking, it’s equal opportunities and pathways. The socioeconomic gaps widen when one is not afforded the same education and training as others that lead to substantial employment careers. The same thing can be said for white-folk too. However, minorities in this country have always had a tougher road to travel, mainly the paths of prejudice / racism here in this country.

          • What a COMPLETE LOAD of EXCUSE MAKING BS! Black people in the United States of America have had access to better education and opportunities than Black people just about ANYWHERE ELSE ON THIS PLANET! Blacks in America and elsewhere ARE THEIR OWN WORST ENEMIES because of their complete lack of personal responsibility, their disregard for the rule of law, their devaluation of the critical importance of education as a way out of poverty and as the key to getting ahead and their trashing of two parent – man and woman – stable households and families within which to have and raise their children. No one is forcing them to make these awful choices as foundations upon which to build and live their lives! THEY ARE DOING SO OF THEIR OWN FREE WILL!

          • No doubt “Crash” there are some that choose the easier path and less meaningful course in life that leads to dysfunction and trouble. Most below the poverty line hold a very minimal education level in which to support themselves. You’re blowing spit if you think opportunities are equally afforded to all. Attitudes of prejudice such as yours keep them there and are very contrary to the ideals and principles in which this country was founded on.

    • I prefer placing him on 1/2 acre of secured land with a bible, ram and ewe, bucket, seeds, flint and steel, 90 days of rations and a trickling water supply, two blankets, hoe, knife, shears, and a one room concrete block building. If he survives, it’s through the Lord’s blessings. If not, we saved a lot of money. Not believing healthcare and education are basic human rights, I will just as well banish him as efficiently and humanely as possible, while still providing a means to minister to him.

  3. Crimes and Offenses § 16-8-41
    a) A person commits the offense of armed robbery when, with intent to commit theft, he or she takes property of another from the person or the immediate presence of another by use of an offensive weapon, or any replica, article, or device having the appearance of such weapon. The offense of robbery by intimidation shall be a lesser included offense in the offense of armed robbery.

    (b) A person convicted of the offense of armed robbery shall be punished by death or imprisonment for life or by imprisonment for not less than ten nor more than 20 years.

    At least ten years of confinement.

    If convicted another life is wasted and for what?