Man accused of robbing teen at gunpoint says he’s innocent

Man accused of robbing teen at gunpoint says he's innocent (Image 1)

A man accused of robbing an 18-year-old at gunpoint Saturday morning in Columbia says police have the wrong person.

Albert Gordon, 24, faces a number of charges including aggravated robbery and aggravated assault.

Investigators say he and two other men robbed a Spring Hill teen who was selling marijuana on D.V. Circle Saturday.

According to authorities, Gordon and the two other suspects were riding in a car with the purported victim.  Officials say the three suspects pulled the victim from the car and allegedly forced him to the ground on his knees.

Police say Gordon pointed a gun at the victim's head but no shots were fired. Gordon and the other two men fled the scene.

Gordon, however, maintains he was not involved in the robbery and was eating at O'Charley's at the time of the incident.

“I don't even know him,” he told News 2. “I'm from Columbia, but I don't know him. I [haven't ever] seen the dude before. Never.”

Despite Gordon's claims, Maury County investigators said the victim implicated him in the crime.

“We have the evidence that supports that he did do it and at the appropriate time, we'll let the courts decide that and we'll let justice prevail,” Maury County Sheriff's Department Capt. Jimmy Tennyson said.

Gordon remains jailed in Maury County on $250,000 bond.

Authorities said he previously served time for conspiracy to commit second degree murder. He was released in 2012.

Gordon's cousin, Devontay Powell, was also arrested, charged with aggravated assault and robbery in the case, but the charges against him have since been dropped.

At the time of his arrest, Powell, 19, was adamant he was not involved and said he was with his girlfriend at the Polk Motel at the time.
Tuesday morning, the head of the detective division at Maury County Sheriff's Department told News 2 there was enough evidence developed to clear his name.

Investigators say the victim in the case positively identified him as being one of the men in the car.

The investigation is ongoing.

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