Valdosta Daily Times

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December 1, 2012

Police seek suspects in robberies

Mall employee battered; stranded motorist threatened

VALDOSTA — Authorities are on the look out for three men suspected of taking part in two unrelated robberies, after one suspect allegedly threatened a stranded motorist with a gun and two other assailants battered a mall employee in the parking lot at the end of his shift, according to the Valdosta Police Department.

Two men ambushed a Dairy Queen employee as the 20-year-old headed to his car in the Valdosta Mall parking lot at 9:49 p.m. Wednesday, said Valdosta Police Cmdr. Brian Childress. The victim fell to the ground, after suffering a blow to the head, and the two assailants continued to assault the man while he was down, Childress said.

The two assailants ran off with the man’s wallet and an undisclosed amount of money, Childress said. The victim was treated at South Georgia Medical Center for cuts and scratches, but Childress said the injuries were reportedly minor.

An opportunistic perpetrator reportedly emerged from the darkness brandishing a gun Thursday night, as a 32-year-old motorist pulled his car into the parking lot of an abandoned building in the 1600 block of Norman Drive at 11:46 p.m.

The perpetrator carried a gun and stole approximately $160 in cash from the stalled motorist.

Childress stressed that authorities do not believe these two street robberies are related, other than by the nature of the crimes.

“Our detectives were working both cases, but we don’t believe these are the same individuals or that these incidents are related,” said Childress.

“We obtained video evidence from the mall incident and we’re still analyzing it.”

The victim described the Thursday suspect as a 6-foot-tall, black male, weighing approximately 160 pounds, said Childress.

Anyone having any further information regarding this crime or any other crime is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department, (229) 293-3145, or through the anonymous tip line, (229) 293-3091.

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