Caden Adams, 18, and a 14-year-old boy were charged with robbery after the alleged holdup Sunday afternoon, when police say the two suspects robbed the boys with a gun made by Airsoft, a manufacturer of realistic-looking but typically non-lethal pellet guns, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.
Baker said two 15-year-olds were playing basketball when the 14-year-old, an acquaintance of theirs, convinced them to follow him into the woods where Adams was waiting.
“Once in the woods, a hooded male wearing a mask and holding a pistol robbed them,” Baker said. “The 14-year-old assisted the masked male searching the victim’s backpacks.”
The suspects, who along with the victims live in BridgeMill, took a small amount of cash and a hammock and ran away, Baker said.
But Baker said later in the day, the victims showed up at the 14-year-old suspect’s house, told his mother what happened and asked for their belongings back.
The mother called 911 and detectives responded. After conducting interviews, it was determined Adams had been the masked man and the woman’s son had also helped, Baker said.
Baker said the 14-year-old was arrested Sunday and sent to the Marietta Regional Youth Detention Center.
Adams was arrested at a house in Woodstock on Tuesday morning and is in the Cherokee Adult Detention Center without bond, Baker said.
When Adams was arrested, Baker said investigators found the silver Airsoft gun believed to have been used in the robbery.
The hammock was found at the home of the 14-year-old suspect, but the cash was not recovered, Baker said.