UPDATE | Suspect in Subway armed robbery indicted for murder

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Monday, Dec. 19, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- One of the suspects in an armed robbery of a Gordon Highway Subway restaurant back in August has been indicted on felony murder and aggravated assault charges.

According to the Richmond Co. Sheriff's Office, Howard Maurice Harris is also facing felony possession of methamphetamine, and for giving false information to a police officer.

Richmond County deputies say at around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, two men with crow bars tried to rob the Subway on the 1600 Block of Gordon Highway.

Investigators say during the attempted robbery, one of the suspects struck the clerk's 14-year-old son, who was in the store at the time, in the head with the crowbar, injuring the teen. That's when deputies say the clerk fired shots at both of the suspects. One of the gun shots hit Cornelius Lamar Harrison, 24, from Greensboro, North Carolina in the upper torso and later died.

The second suspect, Harris, was arrested Monday, Aug. 22. Deputies said around 3 a.m. Monday, they responded to the Courtyard Marriott on Stevens Creek Road after a call about a suspicious person. They found Harris had a possible medical episode and he was taken to the hospital, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators later learned Harris had a small quantity of methamphetamine on him and that he had a previous encounter with law enforcement. According to the sheriff's office, Harris was linked as a suspect in the Subway incident.



Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Richmond County Sheriff's Office will not file any charges against the Subway Clerk who they say shot and killed a suspect after an armed robbery.

Richmond County deputies say at around 12:30 Sunday afternoon two men with crow bars tried to rob the Subway on the 1600 Block of Gordon Highway.

Investigators say during the attempted robbery, one of the suspects struck the clerk's 14-year-old son, who was in the store at the time, in the head with the crowbar, injuring the teen. That's when deputies say the clerk fired shots at both of the suspects. One of the gun shots hit Cornelius Lamar Harrison, 24, from Greensboro, North Carolina in the upper torso and later died.

The second suspect, Howard Maurice Harris, 25, of Durham, North Carolina, was arrested Monday, Aug. 22 . Deputies said around 3 a.m. Monday, they responded to the Courtyard Marriott on Stevens Creek Road after a call about a suspicious person. They found Harris had a possible medical episode and he was taken to the hospital, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators later learned Harris had a small quantity of methamphetamine on him and that he had a previous encounter with law enforcement. According to the sheriff's office, Harris was linked as a suspect in the Subway incident that happened Sunday.

Harris is accused of felony possession of methamphetamine, aggravated assault, and felony murder, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.


UPDATE: 10:00 PM August 22, 2016

(WRDW/WAGT) --The only living suspect involved in a deadly robbery at Subway on Dean's Bridge Road is not who he says he is.

After being committed to the Charles B. Webster Detention Center, deputies say Brandon Simmons was fingerprinted. The prints show him as 23 year old Howard Maurice Harris with a North Carolina probation violation warrant on drug charges.

Monday, August 22, 2016

(WRDW/WAGT) -- Monday the Subway restaurant on Gordon Highway and Deans Bridge Road is open for business despite the deadly violence here just yesterday in broad daylight.

"It's sad for anyone to lose their life and I hate to think about anything like this. " said Pyramid Music and More owner Robert "Flash" Gordan.

Like most business owners sitting along the busy road "Flash" Gordan heard what happened.

"It's sad for someone to intimidate somebody with robbery or whatever, but things like this do happen in the world we live in," said Gordon.

In the incident report, Richmond County deputies say two men walked into the Subway Sunday just after noon and hit a 14- year old in the back of the head with a car jack handle.

The subway owner says it wasn't just any 14 year old.
It was the woman behind the counter's son.

"You basically have to be prepared for anything in today's world," said Gordon.

And she was.

Deputies say after the one of robbers struck her son she fired two rounds at him. In the report, the store clerk told deputies the two men left the restaurant. She followed them out, firing one more round at the other man, Cornelius Harrison, who died at the hospital.

"I think most folks have some kind of protection. I don't know what they have. Why shouldn't she," said Gordon.

According to Georgia Law, unless the owner of the business says otherwise, a person with a concealed carry license can have a gun on them in their car, in their house and in a business.

"The only problem you might have is people coming in and not knowing how you operate," said Gordan.

Gordan didn't get into specifics, but says his store has stayed problem free for 20 years after making security changes.

"I'd be telling the world if I told you that and I'm going to tell anybody that. We cleaned it up," said Gordan.

The barbershop right next to Flash's music store says in the four years since they opened up they also haven't seen any issues, but says that's because of the security they have.

"We have cameras. We have an alarm system. and then like I said it's always occupied there's a lot of people. The average person is not going to run into a barbershop and feel like they can get away with anything," said The Kingz Kutz Barber Daniel Quarles.


Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 | UPDATE: 5:20 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The second suspect has been arrested accused in an attempted robbery of the Subway on Gordon Highway.

Brandon James Simmons, 25, of Durham, North Carolina, was arrested Monday. Deputies said around 3 a.m. Monday, they responded to the Courtyard Marriott on Stevens Creek Road after a call about a suspicious person. They found Simmons had a possible medical episode and he was taken to the hospital, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators later learned Simmons had a small quantity of methamphetamine on him and that he had a previous encounter with law enforcement. According to the sheriff's office, Simmons was linked as a suspect in the Subway incident that happened Sunday.

Simmons is accused of felony possession of methamphetamine, aggravated assault, and felony murder, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.



Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The owner of the Subway restaurant on Gordon Highway that was the scene of an attempted robbery on Sunday has spoken out about the incident.

He would not identify himself or speak to us on camera until the investigation was finished. However, he tells News 12 NBC 26 that the 14-year-old injured by a crowbar was related to the clerk who shot and killed one of the suspects.

According to an incident report, deputies started first-aid on the 14-year-old victim who said two black men came into the Subway and told him to go to the back. He then stated he was hit in the head with a car jack handle.

Investigators said the attempted robbery happened Sunday afternoon where one of the suspects allegedly struck a 14-year-old in the head with the crowbar, injuring them. Deputies said a clerk fired shots at both of the suspects. One of the gun shots hit a suspect in the upper torso and later died.

In the report, the 14-year-old's mother said the two came into the Subway and asked about Atlanta and if she had a car jack. She said one of the men went to the bathroom and the other paced the store. The clerk said the man pacing is what made her suspicious so she went to get her gun from her purse in the back of the store.

The clerk said she heard one of the men tell her son to go to the back of the store while the other man jumped the counter. At the same time, the man who told her son to go to the back of store hit her son in the head with the car jack handle and that's when she said she fired, according to the incident report.

The Subway clerk said the men ran into the woods when she fired her gun at them and she followed them out the door and fired again and hit the second suspect. According to the report, the suspect who is on the run was wearing a red shirt, with dreads, and a bandana. Deputies later found Cornelius Lamar Harrison, 24, suffering from a gunshot in the woods. Harrison later died at the hospital.

The owner maintains that the clerk was within her rights to have a gun because "this is the state of Georgia, so she can have it."

The owner said that the 14-year-old was released from the hospital with stitches.



Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- One man is dead after an attempted robbery at a Subway on Gordon Highway.

Richmond County deputies say at around 12:30 Sunday afternoon two men with crow bars tried to rob the Subway on the 1600 Block of Gordon Highway.

Investigators say during the attempted robbery, one of the suspects struck a 14-year-old in the head with the crowbar, injuring them. That's when deputies say a clerk fired shots at both of the suspects. One of the gun shots hit a suspect in the upper torso and later died.

The Richmond County Coroner says the man who was shot is Cornelius Lamar Harrison, 24. Harrison is from Greensboro, North Carolina.

The coroner says Harrison was shot at least one time. He was taken to Augusta University Medical Center. He died at around 1:20 Sunday afternoon.

An autopsy is scheduled at the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta.

Investigators say the second suspect is not currently in custody.


Cornelius Lamar Harrison was killed in the Subway shooting