Police arrest four in assaults

Photo by Avan Clark

Photo by Avan Clark

ALBANY -- Soon after responding to a string of aggravated assault calls involving a shotgun officers arrested three men and a juvenile Tuesday, said Albany Police Department officials.

The suspects used a shotgun to assault and rob victims out on cold city streets late Monday and early Tuesday.

Three calls came in one after another at three different addresses spanning less than an hour, said police Lt. James Williams. The first two were within blocks of each other on the 600 block of West Gordon Avenue and the 800 block of West Highland Avenue, he said.

The last dispatch call sent officers about 2 1/2 miles north to the 600 block of Eighth Avenue, Williams added.

"Due to having more officers on the street and patrolling certain areas," Williams said, "we were able to apprehend the suspects."

Otis Myers, 18, Darius Myers, 20, Johnny Lee Myers, 17, and his 15-year-old brother were arrested, Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman said. All the suspects are cousins, she added. Banks declined to release the name of the juvenile.

Police have spoken to another male about the crimes, but Williams said he was not a suspect at this time.

The four suspects prowled the streets in a 2000 Lincoln Towncar looking for victims, Williams said.

They found two women and a 12-year-old boy on West Gordon Avenue who reported that the suspects approached with a gun and demanded money, a police report stated.

The thieves got away, Williams said, and attacked another woman walking on West Highland Avenue. She suffered minor injuries from the attack, Williams said.

The final attack came on a 36-year-old man while he walked on the 600 block of Eighth Avenue, police reports said. He resisted and shots were fired, Williams said.

The victim outfought his attackers and they fled, Williams said. He suffered no wounds from the gunfire, Williams added.

Victims were treated by Dougherty County EMS at the scene for any injuries suffered, Williams said.

"We caught them (the suspects) pushing their car at Seventh and Palmyra Road," Williams said. "It was just good police work that we spotted them."

A shotgun, the car and other pieces of evidence were seized by police during the arrest. The suspects did not resist, Williams said.

The four were taken to Dougherty County jail and charged. The juvenile was charged with armed robbery in connection with the first attack, a police press release stated.

According to the police press release, Otis and Johnny Lee Myers each face five counts of aggravated assault. Darius Myers faces four counts aggravated assault.

Johnny Lee Myers also faces two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and one count of armed robbery in addition to the aggravated assault charges. Otis Myers faces one count of armed robbery.

The cases remain under investigation while police look for possible gang connections, any involvement by the fifth male, a juvenile, and connections to other robberies including one other assault during the same time period.

At about 11 p.m. Monday, police responded to a report of an aggravated assault on the 2400 block of Brierwood Drive, police reports stated. A shotgun was pointed at a victim's face the report added.

The suspect fled the scene and no other details were immediately available.