CONYERS — Two teens are facing armed robbery and kidnapping charges after allegedly holding a man at knifepoint and forcing him to withdraw money from an ATM.

The incident occurred about 2:40 p.m. on May 23 and was reported five hours later, according to a report from the Conyers Police Department. Officers were dispatched to the victim’s home to investigate an armed robbery.

When they arrived, the victim said he had been attacked and robbed by two other males that he knew from school. He said he had gone to the Shell gas station on West Avenue to meet with one of the two suspects to exchange an item. He said he got into a silver 2001 Honda Accord the suspect was driving.

After talking for a few minutes, the victim said the driver began attacking him and punching him in the face. The second suspect in the backseat put him in a choke hold and the driver pulled out a knife and threatened him with it.

The victim said they tied his hands and drove him to his residence. Once there, all three went to his bedroom and the suspects took cash from a dresser drawer. They demanded more money and took him to an ATM, where he withdrew more cash, then they released him and fled.

The officers noted that the victim had a swollen and bruised lower lip, red marks on his hands, and a laceration behind his left ear.

Investigators were able to get surveillance video of the trio entering the victim’s home and also bank records verifying the withdrawal of money from the ATM.

The two suspects were arrested on May 23 and May 24. They have been identified as Joshua Timothy Engstron, 17, of Social Circle, and Nathan Thomas Anderson, 19, of Covington. Both have been charged with armed robbery, kidnapping and false imprisonment.

Senior Reporter

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 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.

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