Robbery, assault among weekend crimes

ALBANY, Ga. -- Several weekend incidents had officers with the Albany Police Department busy with cases of aggravated assault and armed robbery.

Around 11:30 Saturday night, a man told police he was assaulted during an attempted robbery at a local Mexican restaurant.

Jacinto Escobar, 38, told police that two suspects approached him in the parking lot of La Fuente Mexican Restaurant located at 2000 East Oglethorpe Boulevard and asked him for a cigarette.

One of the suspects, armed with a handgun, demanded money from Escobar. The 38-year-old victim attempted to turn and run away from the suspects when he was struck in the head with an unknown object.

Police said that the suspects fled the scene on foot and that nothing was taken from Escobar.

At 3:54 a.m. Sunday, Jeffrey Shulez, 29, and Lavetta Turner, 29, told police they were walking past Dougherty Middle School on the 1800 block of Massey Drive on their way home when they were robbed.

According to reports, a male suspect armed with a handgun approached the pair and demanded money. Although the suspect was unable to obtain money from the victims, the unknown male did take Shulez's and Turner's cell phones.

Less than an hour later on the 300 block of South Davis Street, Johnny Lee Wilson, 19, was also attacked.

Wilson told police that while walking home, he was approached by three male suspects who demanded money from him. Wilson said one of the suspects struck him in the head with an unknown object.

After taking the blow across his head, Wilson told police he fled the scene. Nothing was taken from the victim.