City employee robbed and beaten in alley

ALBANY, Ga. -- Two men grabbed an Albany Public Works employee out of his vehicle, beat him in the head and then robbed him at about 10 a.m. Tuesday, an Albany Police Department official said.

Gregory McAfee, 37, was attacked while parked in an alley behind the Heritage House, a vacant eyesore on Oglethorpe Boulevard, said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman. He lost his wallet and cell phone, she added.

At about 3 p.m. a Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital spokeswoman said McAfee was in good condition.

"It is very bad when someone is just doing their job and gets robbed," Banks said. "People have to be more cautious of their surroundings and who is in the area."

Police are searching for the two men and would like the public's help, Banks said.

In an earlier violent incident, a man suffered a knife wound at the House of Jazz on the 700 block of Highland Avenue, police reports stated.

Yohanne Brown, 36, argued with other patrons at the bar at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, a police report stated. He left and then returned at about 9:30 p.m., it added.

"Lee McIntyre asked Brown to leave (the bar) and he refused," Banks said. "At that point, Brown pulled out a knife. McIntyre wrestled Brown to the floor. During the struggle, McIntyre was stabbed in the hand."

A patron took the knife away from Brown, who then ran away, the report said. It had no information on the severity of McIntyre's wound or if he received medical attention.

In other unrelated crimes: at 2 a.m. Thursday police arrested Rodney Gainer for trying to steal a refrigerator from an abandoned house on the 300 block of South Davis Street, a report stated.

Gainer, 42, remains in Dougherty County Jail with no bail set charged with burglary, a jail spokeswoman said.

Police are also trying to find who stole eight high-voltage batteries from a storage unit on the 2000 block of Phillips Drive, a police report stated.

Banks said, "These batteries are high voltage," Banks said, "and could cause injury if handled improperly."

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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