CONYERS - A Conyers teen spent his birthday being booked on charges of armed robbery and false imprisonment related to two robberies of the Taco Bell on Salem Road last year.

Rockdale County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Maximus Lewis Buckley, 17, on Jan. 2 on warrants for the armed robberies of the Taco Bell on April 25 and May 8. According to jail records, Buckley’s birthday is Jan. 2.

The first robbery took place on April 25, 2018. Two men wearing masks and carrying guns came into the Taco Bell three minutes before closing, jumping over the countertop and going directly to the two managers at the safe. With guns drawn, one to the head of the manager at the safe, the two robbed the store of cash, then fled on foot, likely into a nearby neighborhood.

Surveillance video showed one of the suspects wearing unique Nike sneakers with a white swoosh and the other carrying a clear pink backpack, similar to what school students might wear.

The second robbery happened on May 8, 2018. This time, a lone male entered the Taco Bell at 9:51 p.m., brandishing a large handgun with a red rag draped around the barrel. While holding the employees at gunpoint, the suspect forced the managers to empty the registers of all the money and place it in a black laptop bag.

Surveillance video showed that suspect wearing a dark-colored hoodie, with a blue bandana over his mouth, and dark-colored Nike sneakers.

The subject calmly walked out of the store and ran toward the Ellington Road area.

Buckley is one of two suspects in the April 25th robbery. Investigators are still looking for the second suspect.

This is a Crime Stoppers case and that there is a possible reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects. Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspects is asked to please contact Investigator Dwayne Smith at 770-278-8161,, or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477).

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Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 25 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.