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Moultrie corpse could be bandit hit in shooting

MOULTRIE, Ga.-- A body found Tuesday is probably that of a robber who exchanged gunfire with a restaurant owner Monday, said Moultrie Police Department Commander Alfonzo Cook.

Cook said the body of Arius Martin, in his early 20s, was found with a gunshot wound to the upper torso at 9:30 a.m. about 200 yards from the Jalisco restaurant on the 100 block of Rowland Drive.

Property taken from the robbery scene was found with the body, Cook said. Police also found a gun, he added.

"The case is still under investigation, but our investigation is leading us to believe he was one of the men involved in the robbery," Cook said. "The restaurant owner's wife was treated (Monday) at the hospital for a soft tissue wound to the head and released."

Martin probably suffered his fatal wound when he and another man tried to rob Rosa Medrano, 41, the restaurant owner's wife as she put items in her car, Cook said.

One of the robbers shot Medrano while trying to rob her. She ran back to the restaurant for help.

Medrano's husband heard the shot, armed himself and ran out of the restaurant. In the confrontation, gunfire was exchanged and the thieves ran.

Police continue to follow leads seeking the second robber, Cook said. The second robber was described as a black man, between 5 feet 3 inches and 5 feet 7 inches tall with his hair in dreadlocks.

Anyone with information about the case can call the Moultrie Police Department at (229) 890-5450.