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APD investigating aggravated assault

Tarlton Lukel Wright

Tarlton Lukel Wright

ALBANY, Ga. — The Albany Police Department is soliciting the public’s assistance to help solve at least one crime it is currently investigating.

Tarlton Lukel Wright, 44, is a person of interest in an aggravated assault that occurred at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

According to witnesses, Wright was playing cards on the 600 block of Burke Avenue when a verbal altercation occurred. Grady Lee Ball, 55, told police Wright had pulled out a knife, striking him several times.

Ball was transported to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for further treatment of his injuries. A hospital spokeswoman said Saturday that he had been discharged from Phoebe’s emergency center the previous day.

Wright is 5-feet-7-inches tall and weighs about 185 pounds. He was last seen wearing his Flint River Services work uniform, and driving a blue 1999 Jeep Cherokee bearing Georgia Tag 560 YGL.

Anyone who has information regarding Wright should call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or the APD at (229) 431-2100.

Among the other recent incidents the APD is looking into includes a criminal trespass case involving a firearm that was reported at 3:20 a.m. Saturday.

In this incident, officers were dispatched to 118 Philema Road in reference to property damage. The victim, an 18-year-old male, had apparently come out to his 1998 Chevrolet pickup to find it damaged by a bullet.

The driver of the pickup, according to the police report narrative, had parked it at that location just after midnight to visit his girlfriend. He returned to it three hours later and discovered that his driver’s side window had been shattered by what appeared to be a bullet.

“I observed that a small bullet hole was located at the top of the windshield and it shattered the entire window,” the responding officer said in the report. “I was unable to find a shell casing or a spent round inside the vehicle.”

The officer was advised that the damage did not exceed $250. There are no suspects or witnesses to the incident, which remains under investigation.