Arrests made in shooting

ALBANY, Ga. -- Two men face multiple felony charges for their involvement in the robbery and shooting of an Albany businessman, an Albany Police Department detective said.

One man's mother also faces charges for tampering with evidence in the case, added Detective Arthur Tyler, of the Albany Police Robbery and Homicide Division.

"Yesterday, Ezekiel James, Jamon Carter and Gloria Carter Davis were brought in and charged," Tyler said. "The men were charged with armed robbery and receiving stolen property. We have other suspects in mind in this case. Because of the severity of the crime we are not releasing their names."

At present James, 19, and Carter, 20, are not under suspicion of pulling the trigger, said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman. Police are searching for three other men in the case.

The case involves the about 8 a.m. July 3 shooting of Walter Phelps at his hardware store, P&P Hardware, 2500 N. Slappey Blvd., during a robbery. Phelps survived a shoulder wound. He was released from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital July 24, said a hospital spokeswoman.

James and Carter were arrested after police issued a Lake Park Polo outlet store surveillance video showing them using Phelps credit card. The video was shown on television, online and a picture of the men appeared in the print version of The Albany Herald.

In the video, James and Carter wear white T-shirts and can be seen dumping $2,200 worth of Polo apparel on the counter. They are accompanied by a third man in a blue shirt.

In another video, a fourth man, in a white shirt, stands near the door seeming to be a lookout.

No further information on the roles the two played in the robbery shooting was immediately available. Police would not go into details about how Carter's mother, Gloria Davis, 40, tampered with evidence.

James and Carter remained in jail 7:30 p.m. Tuesday with no bond set, a Dougherty County Jail spokeswoman said. Davis was free on $2,500 bond, she added.

Police credit information from the community in aiding with the arrests.

"It was just the citizens," Tyler said. "They were able to identify these guys and call. They called constantly giving us names of individuals."

Anyone with additional information should call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or investigations at (229) 431-3288. The Spanish speaking APD-COP Tip Line is (229) 434-2677.

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