BUFORD — A man and his brother went to the Eagle Creek Apartments located at 4280 S. Lee St. in Buford to purchase an iPhone 11. The sell was arranged through a mutual friend that he called “BJ”. The victim went to the location on November 30, 2019, at 11:15 p.m. with $1,000 cash to purchase the phone from a man that BJ referred to as “Mike Oliver”.
The victim arrived with his brother at the arranged location and parked in a vacant spot near the entrance of the complex. After waiting 15 minutes, the suspect showed up and the victim got out of his truck and approached the suspect’s vehicle, a black Chevrolet Suburban while his brother remained in his truck out of sight.
He made contact with the man he thought to be “Mike Oliver”. The suspect held up an iPhone box but kept one hand inside his hoodie like he had his hand on a gun. The suspect requested to see the money first. The victim took $1,000 cash out of his pocket to show the suspect. The suspect snatched the money out of this victim’s hands, yelled “F&$* You!”, and took off out of the complex.
The victim ran to his truck and suspect vehicle to obtain the tag number. Once he had that, he called 911 and advised them that he would meet officers at his residence. The victim described the suspect as a white male with a thin scrappy beard, being around 5’9” in height, and wearing a dark hoodie with the hood up. He also thought the suspect might have had a piercing above his eye. There was a passenger in the car but it was too dark to get a good look at them.
While the victim was relaying what happened to him to the officer, other responding officers conducted a traffic stop. They took into custody a man matching the victim’s description named “Adam Lamont”. Adam Lamont, age 31 of Lawrenceville was booked into Gwinnett County Jail on a misdemeanor theft by taking charge on December 1, 2019, at 6:13 a.m. Later the same day, he bonded out of jail for $1,850.00.
Police advise that if you go to purchase something from an unknown party to arrange to meet at a nearby police or fire department.
— Staff Reports