January 29, 2013

Police probe robbery attempt

In separate incident, pair held at gunpoint

January 29, 2013 Dean Poling The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — No charges have been filed against a person who fired a shotgun after reportedly foiling an attempted robbery Sunday night. Meanwhile, police also searched for two men who robbed a couple in an unrelated Sunday incident.

“At this point, we’re investigating the case as a potential attempted robbery,” Valdosta Police Cmdr. Brian Childress said Monday, regarding the shotgun incident.

All of the witnesses present at Carron Oaks Apartments, 1515 Boone Drive, say the incident was an attempted robbery, but authorities want to speak with the person who fled the scene to determine the full nature of the case.

At approximately 7:35 p.m. Sunday, a 19-year-old resident heard a knock at the door of his second-floor apartment. The resident opened the door to find a black man pointing a gun at him.

One of the resident’s friends “grabbed a shotgun and racked it, causing the suspect to run, and get into an SUV,” according to a police report. The resident then grabbed the shotgun, “and as the SUV was leaving the parking lot, he fired one shot towards the SUV, but does not think that he hit anything.”

Police were unable to find the SUV. No one inside of the apartment was injured in the incident.

With the case being investigated as an attempted robbery, no charges have been filed against the person firing the shotgun toward a fleeing vehicle, Childress said.

“Generally, it could be a criminal charge through local ordinance or a state charge,” the police commander said, “but we’re not looking at such charges at this time.”

Authorities want to speak to the initial gunman who fled the scene in the SUV. He is described as a black male, approximately 6-foot-3, with a heavy build.

•  In an unrelated case, at 9:22 p.m. Sunday, along the 1000 block of West Alden Avenue, a 58-year-old man and 37-year-old woman were robbed at gunpoint, according to Valdosta police.

Two black men demanded they hand over their bags which contained laptop computers and other items. One of the assailants carried a handgun.

The two men got into a truck and left the scene. No one was injured in this armed robbery case.

Authorities continued looking for suspects Monday, Childress said.

Anyone having any further information regarding these crimes or any other crimes is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department at (229) 293-3145; or can remain anonymous at (229) 293-3091.

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