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Teen Can Be Tried as Adult in Armed Robbery, Kidnapping

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A teenager in Jackson will be tried as an adult for an armed robbery, robbery and kidnapping committed in July.

Austin Drummond, 17, of Jackson, is charged with aggravated robbery for the store incident and aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery for the personal attack.

Following a scheduled transfer hearing today in Madison County Juvenile Court, Drummond waived his right to a hearing where police would have been required to show probable cause that he committed the crimes.

Around 12:35 a.m. July 31, Drummond, who was then 16, entered the Circle K at 3162 N. Highland Avenue. He was armed with a handgun and demanded money. Drummond took cash and then fled on foot.

Later that day around 6:40 p.m., a 17-year-old male picked up Drummond, who was a friend. Drummond then
asked the victim to pick up another man at an apartment on the 600 block of Old Humboldt Road. When the second man got into the car, he was armed with a handgun. The victim was forced to drive to two different ATM machines and withdraw money. The victim gave the gunman money.

The victim then drove the gunman to the 100 block of E. University Parkway. The gunman took the victim's wallet and cell phone before getting out of the car and fleeing.

The victim drove Drummond to the 100 block of Oil Well Road where he then got out of the car. Drummond made a statement to the victim about not calling the police.

Drummond was on the run until he was arrested Aug. 21 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Jackson investigators transported Drummond from a juvenile detention center in Volusia County, Fla. and booked him in at the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center

Investigators are attempting to identify the gunman involved in the robbery, kidnapping. He was described as
a black male.

Judge Christy Little set Drummond's bond at $50,000. He was transported from the juvenile detention center to the Madison County Jail. He remains in custody in lieu of bond.

The case will now be presented to the Madison County grand jury.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jackson Police Department's Major Crimes Bureau at 731-425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at 731-424-8477 (TIPS). Submit a cyber tip at 424tips.org and click on “web tips”.