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Albany police arrest five in unconnected cases

ALBANY -- Two college students are in jail on aggravated assault, burglary and weapons charges, an Albany Police Department official said.

Other unrelated investigations put a 17-year-old man in jail for an armed carjacking and sent two juveniles arrested for burglary to the Regional Youth Detention Center, said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman.

Michael Robinson and Julius R. Dunkin, both 19-year-old Albany State University students, were arrested in an apartment on the 300 block of South Mock Road, Banks said. Two other ASU students lived in the apartment, she added.

"A shot was fired inside the apartment as the victims struggled with the suspects. Police had to break down the door to gain entry. It was jammed when a bullet hit the door lock," Banks said. "The victims were not shot, but suffered injuries in the struggle before officers arrived."

Robinson and Dunkin have no bail set, and are each charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one charge of burglary, a Dougherty County Jail spokeswoman said.

Charges relating to handguns are expected to be filed against the pair, Banks said. It was unknown if the suspects knew their victims, Justin Christopher Oliver and Ken Clark, both 19, banks added.

"They gained access to the apartment through a back door," Banks said. "The victims were asleep and woke up during the burglary."

In connection with an unrelated armed carjacking and robbery, police arrested one of four men Monday who police believe was involved, Banks said.

Kenjuan Lakiam Walker, 17, a student at Westover High School, was caught pushing an out-of-gas, 1995 Pontiac Grand Am on Thornton Drive, Banks said. Three other suspects fled.

The Pontiac was hijacked at gunpoint earlier Monday from Dexter

Burns, 31.

Walker is in the Dougherty Jail, charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a weapon, armed robbery and hijacking a car, a jail spokeswoman said. No band has been set.

Also, two 16-year-old boys were charged with burglary Monday in connection with break-ins into residences in the Albany Police Department's West District, a police report stated.

"There has been a rash of burglaries in the West District," Banks said. "(Detectives) suspect with the arrest of the juveniles at least nine cases will be cleared."

The West District encompasses the area west of Slappey Boulevard to the city limits.

Police were responded to a burglary in progress call near the 3900 block of Rodnor Forest Lane when they caught the two juveniles while canvassing the area, a police report stated. The juveniles were placed in custody at the Regional Youth Detention Center after questioning by investigators, the report added.

While canvassing, the police officers found a 42-inch flat-screen television stolen from a Rodnor Forest Lane home in a ditch, Banks said. Officers also found a bag with other electronics stolen earlier Monday from a home on the 100 block of Westcott Lane, she said.

Anyone with additional information on any of the crimes are asked to call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or (229) 431-3288.