Police searching for three men in unrelated incidents

ALBANY -- An Albany man suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen when he told two robbers he had no money, an Albany Police Department report stated.

Meijia Vincente Cruz Eduardo, 19, of the 1000 block of Dunes Avenue, was shot about 8 p.m. Tuesday by one of two teenagers who demanded money, Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman said.

"EMS transported Eduardo to Phoebe (Putney Memorial Hospital) for further treatment," Banks said.

Eduardo was not listed as a patient at 5 p.m. Wednesday a hospital spokeswoman said.

The suspects in this aggravated assault and armed robbery case are about 5 feet 6 inches or 5 feet 8 inches tall, Banks said. They are both slim, teenage African Americans.

In another case, investigators want to talk to Michael Bertaran Edwards, 22, also known as "Mook," in connection with a counterfeit currency arrest.

"(He) is a person of interest and is wanted for questioning," Banks said. "Detectives strongly believe Edwards may have additional information in a forgery case."

That forgery case resulted in the arrest of Lakisha Carter, 29, at the Albany Mall as she tried to buy shoes with bogus $20 bills on Nov. 25, Banks said. After police placed Carter in custody, they found $1,240 in fake bills in her purse, Banks added.

Police are investigating Carter's possible ties to other counterfeiters in the area, Banks said.

Anyone with additional information on the cases above should call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or (229) 431-3288.