Man Accused of Stealing ROTC Instructors Gun, Using it to Steal Student's Phone

The incident is alleged to have happened at South Gwinnett. Daquan Amir Miller, of Snellville, is charged with entering auto, possessing a firearm on school property, aggravated assault and violation of probation.

A Snellville man is accused of going onto school property and breaking into a vehicle, stealing a gun and pointing that weapon at a student, according to police.

Daquan Amir Miller was arrested in early February on charges of entering auto, possessing a firearm on school property, aggravated assault and violation of probation.

According to Sgt. Trey Downs of the Snellville Police Department, the incident occurred at South Gwinnett High School. Downs said that Miller broke into a vehicle that belonged to an ROTC instructor and stole a firearm from it.

Walking on the sidewalk in front of the school, Miller approached a student who was leaving the school. He asked the student if he could use his cell phone, and the student said OK. Miller grabbed the phone, pretended to dial a phone number into it, and ran away, Downs said.

The student chased after him and caught up, but then Miller pulled out the gun and pointed it at him. The student ran off in the opposite direction.

Police searched for the suspect for several days and found Miller in an abandoned house Feb. 2.

This initially appeared on Snellville Patch.

Amy February 23, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Well Daquan, if this makes you feel any better, you suck at being a criminal. Don't despair, that's a good thing. With your track record of failure in the area of crime, you should use your jail time wisely. Get your GED in there, and go to college when you get out. There are people who are happy to see a young man like you screw up in life, don't give them the satisfaction.
Tammy Osier February 23, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Amy, if only people would take that advice, but unfortunately, they don't all do that. I work in jails, and while we have many great testimonies, the facts are that it becomes a revolving door for many, even into adults years. I like the idea of not giving anyone the satisfaction, but the ball is in his court as to who he will listen to. You, me and others trying to help, the school system, good family members, or those how tell him that it's somebody elses fault. Until he stops listening to the latter, I see no hope for his future changing. A quote I like is this: "As long as you make excuses, you give up the power to change."
Tammy Osier February 23, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Amy, I read a story to my cadets one time along those lines. It was a Chicken Soup book story and the story was about a girl who had a great imagination, especially when it came to writing. But she had a teacher that seemed out to get her. Big red X's; lot's of criticism. She wrote a paper one time that she thought was the very best she had ever done. Excited, she turned it in only to get a big fat D on it. She ran away in tears, and while hiding in the bathroom, she said, "I'll show you. I'll show YOU!!! I'll become a published author and then you'll see!" She left a note at the end of her story, thanking her readers and, if she was reading it, her old teacher, and making the note that she was now a PUBLISHED writer. She took her frustration and anger and used it to make herself better instead of lashing out or committing a crime, with the mindset that somebody owes them something. I'd like to see more programs like the one I was in. We made a difference for these teens headed for the big house. Unfortunately, government grants usually go for things that don't pose as much liability as the ones where you have to deal with the judicial system. Kids like that seem to scare most people off, but there are those out there like me and others that those kids don't scare us one little bit. We don't mind working with them. I like seeing measurable results in seemingly impossible situations. I like the challenge. maybe you should look into volunteering in those types of services.
Amy February 23, 2013 at 08:07 PM
You know Tammy, I look at that Chicken Soup story quite differently. But I've been called naive due to my outlook on life. Perhaps the little girl's teacher saw something in her that nobody else saw. What if the teacher saw a published writer, and graded her harshly because she set higher expectations for the little girl's writing? I'm just bringing another point of view because I look at the story as you told it, and I can't see any reason why a teacher would be 'out to get' her student. All through my years in Middle and High school, I've always excelled in writing. My teachers made it clear that I was good in reading, writing, and comprehension. I began to think I really had a talent for the subject of English. I thought I was so good that I developed a hobby for reading. I won all the contests in school for reading the most books in the whole school. Some people call that being a nerd, but I was cool with that.
Amy February 23, 2013 at 08:08 PM
I got to College and my first semester, I was enrolled in classes like PreCalculus, and I had to take one remedial class. That was English Composition. Imagine my surprise. The first paper I wrote was a disaster. I had red marks all over it. Comma splices, run on sentences, unnecessary word....the list went on and on. I thought my professor was out to get me because I'd never been told I couldn't write. Trying to be mature about it, I took my teacher's criticism to heart, and made all the corrections she'd suggested. I ended up getting an A in that class, and because my professor was so harsh, her corrections stuck with me. I take pride in the way I write, so this little girl should look at this teacher as the impetus for her success, not as the person who was out to get her. No matter what, the little girl in this story would have never lashed out to become a criminal. Most of these kids like Daquan, aren't cut out to be criminals. They're just spoiled brats. And I'm not speaking for the ones that you deal with in the jails. The true criminals that you may encounter in the 'system', usually have a family history of crime, drugs, and poor choices in life. It's not a defeatist attitude...they've just never been exposed to a different way of life. That's kind of a rough crowd for me, and I couldn't volunteer for people like that. The ones who can't read, and want to learn to read are more my scene.
Tammy Osier February 23, 2013 at 09:28 PM
Amy - the story I referred to is from Chicken Soup for Kids Soul, and the name of the story is "The Back of David's Head". The author was a very talented write and kept me in stitches the whole time I was reading her story. Likeyou, I didn't let those ed marks get me down. It only made me try harder. Stubborness has its merits obviously. lol
Tammy Osier February 23, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Amy, we need volunteers for tutoting at Gwinnett RYDC. It's really very nice. One on one with really nice kids who are very hungry to learn. The kids in Atlanta are the ones that have some very real needs as far as backgrounds where they know nothing else. Gwinnett RYDC has the kids you refer to. Think how you could spark a love for learning in them! They are on their best behavior, because they love anyone to visit them. You needa little more confidence in yourself. You deal with adults - not my cup of tea. But the kids...
Tammy Osier February 24, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Amy, I thought of that too, that the teacher was critiquing her because of what she saw. Sometimes well meaning teachers might "criticize-negative" rather than "critique-positive". People like you and me see that, but an angry child might not, and therein lies the crux to the story. I'm wondering if the author had issues beyond her control, but at the same time had the tenacity to turn it into something positive (even if it started out just to "show somebody"). Hopefully, she realized that as an adult. That's what I wanted to show my cadets- that even if your motive is to prove someone wrong, at least you're climbing out and attempting to excel, and hopefully by the time they reach adulthood, they will have met people that can be a postive influence in their lives.
thcooper69 February 25, 2013 at 07:46 AM
its THERE music ,it should be banned ! it glorifys thugary ,guns ,pullin tha trigger ,dope slingin ,illicit sex with underage girls most of IT is the same line being played over and over DRILLIN it into THERE thick skulls . go sit in any court room and listen to THERE excuses as to why THAY act the way THAY do . and u will here THEMB blame it on THERE music . those head phones u see on themb is piping in illicit behavior ,the music jus helps THEMB live in an fantacy world .
thcooper69 February 25, 2013 at 07:50 AM
banning THERE music is a start in tha right dirrection to curbing a culture of youth who are bent on violence from the kid who constantly plays video games that are violent ,then goes out and acts it out ,to the youth that grow up being taught violence thru music . jus as clear channel control bill boards and nudity nationwide ,the gubament needs to step up and censor all music that glorifys debauchery and immoral or illicit behavior ,drug dealing ,gang activity and pullin tha trigger
Tim February 25, 2013 at 10:39 AM
I'm with ya all the way on this one Cooper69. And it takes some real cowards to gang up to 8-10 people and beat down one defenseless person. Gangs and REmanuel's lack of balls to take em out is the reason Chicago is the murder capital of the US right now. But RE is just a thug himself, another member of the Chicago gangsta thug mentality.....as is the one who sits in the WH. No conscience, no morality, no character, no integrity, no class. Just a criminal. They could make a decision to do right or wrong and since they chose wrong.....give em lead.
Tim February 25, 2013 at 10:41 AM
What is needed in Chicago is for Sheriff Joe Apario to declare war on the gangs with a no tolerance policy.
Tim February 25, 2013 at 10:43 AM
STATE OF DENIAL March 05, 2013 at 11:55 AM
With all the money Gwinnett county has, they should invest in modern mugshot cameras. Look at the one above. Looks over exposed to me. 35mm fan


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