Violent robberies occur in Albany

ALBANY -- In two unrelated Saturday attacks, thieves left two men injured in an apartment while other thieves attacked a pedestrian about two hours later at a different location, an Albany Police Department official said.

In the first violent theft, two Hispanic men were attacked at about 2:45 p.m. by three black men in the victim's apartment on the 700 block of Moultrie Road, said Phyllis Banks, Albany Police Department spokeswoman.

The thieves were armed with at least one handgun and beat the victims with it during the attack, Banks said.

Officers acted quickly and arrested Don Tavis Waters, 28, and David Mansfield Jr., 25, for the crimes, Banks said. Each face two counts of armed robbery and two counts of aggravated assault when they are booked into Dougherty County jail, Banks said.

"They are on their way to be booked as we speak," Banks said at 7:45 p.m.

The victims, whose names were not available, were treated at the scene by Dougherty County EMS for injuries, Banks said. The thieves stole an undetermined amount of cash and a cell phone, she added.

The second brutal attack involved an obviously intoxicated pedestrian, Johnny Johnson, 55, Banks said. Johnson was attacked at 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Barton and South Washington streets, Banks added.

The thieves took Johnson's wallet with an undetermined amount of cash, Banks added.

"He (Johnson) said that six black men attacked him," Banks said. "He was taken to Phoebe (Putney Memorial Hospital) with lacerations on his hands."

Johnson was discharged from the hospital, said a hospital spokeswoman at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

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