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Photo by Jim Hendricks

Photo by Jim Hendricks

ALBANY, Ga. -- Acting on descriptions given by a victim and witnesses, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation artist drew sketches Thursday of two men wanted for armed robbery.

The two men are wanted by the Dougherty County Police Department in connection with the attempted robbery of the Paradise Mobile Home Park office Jan. 6.

One man exchanged gunfire with the park manager, and the two fled the 600 Holly Drive office after 9 a.m., possibly in a tan Japanese-model car.

"The suspect in the hoodie had a butcher's knife," county police Sgt. Chad Kirkpatrick said. "The better dressed one had the handgun."

According to police reports, the suspected gunman is in his late 30s, has a dark brown complexion, is clean-shaven, has a shaved head that was growing in with a receding hairline.

Standing at about 5-foot-7 with a stocky build, the suspect was well-dressed on the day of the attempted robbery, wearing a dark sweater, white shirt and sky-blue tie. He flashed an obviously fake tin badge.

The knife-wielding suspect wore a black hoodie, is in his mid-20s and wore a baseball cap with a white insignia or lettering on it during the attempted robbery. He stands about 6 feet tall, weighs about 150 pounds and has a light complexion, referred to in the police report as "yellow." The man in the hoodie had shaving bumps on his face and small eyes.

Kirkpatrick said the men could grow beards, wear other clothes or try to hide their identity in other ways.

Anyone who recognizes the men from the sketches or has additional information is asked to call county police at (229) 430-6600 or Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477).

Park manager Diahann McCullock was slightly injured by a powder burn during the attempted robbery, Kirkpatrick said. McCullock returned fire with a .410-caliber Taurus Judge pistol, possibly hitting one of the men.

There was no blood at the crime scene, Kirkpatrick said. So far police have gotten no reports of a man with gunshot wounds from area hospitals or convenient care offices.