Kids skip school to join mom in bank heist www.privateofficer.com
Lilburn GA Jan 30 2011 Three DeKalb County teens got an unusual field trip Friday when they skipped school to accompany the mother of one of them on a bank heist.
Gwinnett County Jail Tawander Simmons, 35, of Stone Mountain allegedly robbed a Wells Fargo Bank with three teens Friday morning, police say.
Benny Brice, 17, the son of Tawander Simmons, David Rawlins, 17, is one of four suspects arrested, Glenn Broom, 18, also was arrested.
Police in Lilburn said Tawander Simmons, 35, of Stone Mountain, pointed a handgun at a teller at the Wells Fargo Bank in the 5500 block of Lawrenceville Highway Friday morning. She was accompanied by two of the teens, while a third waited outside in the getaway car, said Deputy Chief of Police Bruce Hedley.
Hedley said early in the day that Simmons checked her son Benny Brice, 17, and the two other boys, out of Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain just before the robbery. Hedley said that account was based on what the arrested youths had told officers, but he said the school police later told him that only one of the teens had attended school Friday and then walked out but that the others had skipped.
School officials gave an account that differed slightly. A spokesman for the DeKalb County School System told the AJC that there was no record of any of the three teens attending school Friday morning.
“Nobody has a record of them showing up to class,” said the schools spokesman, Walter Woods. He said there also was no record of Simmons checking them out.
The robbery occurred at around 9 a.m.
A witness called police with the description of a fleeing vehicle, and minutes later Lilburn officers spotted the red Toyota Corolla and gave chase.
Two police cars followed that Corolla at speeds up to 90 m.p.h. as it fled down Highway 78 onto southbound I-285. The car exited at East Ponce de Leon Avenue near Clarkston and attempted a right turn at the end of the exit ramp without slowing down, Hedley said. The car went into the embankment across the road and crashed into railroad tracks.