Two more arrested, jailed for robbery

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- The jail bars clanged shut on two more men in connection with the July 3 shooting and robbery of an Albany businessman, an Albany Police Department official said.

Ryan Richardson and Roderick Ferrell turned themselves in to police Thursday morning, said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman.

Richardson, 17, and Ferrell, 22, both of Albany, are in Dougherty County Jail charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault, a jail spokeswoman said. Both have no bail set and Ferrell is also charged with theft by receiving stolen property, she added.

The charges against the two resulted from their connection to the shooting of Walter Phelps, 67, the owner of P & P Garden & Hardware store, police reports stated.

Richardson and Ferrell join three other men in jail facing charges in the case. Jordan Harris, 20, was the only one of the accused charged with possession of a firearm at the time of the crime.

Police won't say, but judging by that charge, Harris is the accused triggerman.

The other two men in jail from the case are, Ezekiel James, 19, and Jamon Carter, 20. They also have no bond set.

According to police reports, the men stole a credit card from Phelps after he was shot. Three hours later, the men appeared on a Ralph Lauren Polo store surveillance video buying $2,200 worth of designer apparel.

Police put the word out that the men were wanted, aired the video and solicited community help in locating the accused. It worked.

Phelps was treated the day he was shot for his wound and released from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Saturday, a hospital spokeswoman said.