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Foursome charged in alleged robbery

Four local high school students, one a 16-year-old girl, are accused of using force to rob a man walking along GA Highway 188 Sunday.
According to the Grady County Sheriff’s Office, it was at 2:45 p.m., when an SUV driven by the girl stopped near Long Branch Road and all four suspects got out of the vehicle.
The victim, Jose Regeandiz Moran, 25, Cairo, told deputies that the three boys started kicking and punching him, and one took his wallet containing $300 in cash. Mr. Moran said they also took his sunglasses, cell phone, keys and boots, then threw the boots in a ditch.
Shortly after the incident, Mr. Moran went to the Cairo Police Department to report the robbery, and while waiting in the department’s break room, he looked out a window and said he saw the SUV and female driver in the parking lot.
Exactly why she was there has not been divulged as the investigation is ongoing.
Grady County Sheriff’s Investigator Daniel Singletary has confirmed, however, that two officers suspected who the offenders were based on the victim’s description of the SUV and perpetrators.
Singletary says the young girl was taken to the Grady County Sheriff’s Office Sunday afternoon, interviewed in the presence of a guardian, and then released into the guardian’s custody.
The teenaged boys were arrested Sunday, each charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime, both felonies. After spending Sunday night in the Grady County jail, they were released from custody Monday after each posted a bail of $5,500.
The boys accused are Drake Sandford Robertson, 17; Damion Dean Edwards, 18; and Steven Lamart Anderson, 17, all of Cairo addresses. The girl, whose name is not released due to her age, is charged as a juvenile, also with robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime.
All four teens are students at Cairo High School, although none has attended school this week, according to the school’s principal, David McCurry. Just how the school will handle the situation remains to be determined, McCurry says.
Robertson and Edwards, who are members of the Syrupmaker football team, are not expected to play in Friday’s season opener, and their fate for the rest of the season is unknown.

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