Police: Cafe closed, 9 arrests made

ALBANY, Ga. -- Police shut down what they considered a gambling den posing as an Internet cafe and arrested nine people on Monday, said Moultrie Police Department Detective Sgt. Stephen Stratman.

Stratman said he expects more arrests to come from a continuing investigation into the Atlantic Internet Cafe gambling operation at 1806 SE First Ave.

When the police executed search warrants on the cafe, they seized gambling machines and about $1,000 in cash Stratman said.

"We had complaints from neighboring businesses about the cafe," Stratman said. "There are Internet sweepstakes shops throughout Georgia and they are illegal."

According to a police report, the following face charges of gambling and possession of gambling equipment:

Marlo Antonio Martinez, 19, Maria Isabel Cedillo, 42, Otis Lamer Anderson, 55, Jennie King Powell, 61, Gloria Ann Slaughter, 56, Nadine Bembery, 48, and Ola Dayis Lang, 67, all of Moultrie, D. Alma Brown, 44, of Trenton, N.J. and Wendy Harrell Martin, 52, of Norman Park.

In an unrelated investigation, police are looking for two men involved in shooting 19-year-old Jonquaris Haynes in the face after 9 p.m. Tuesday while he was on NW Fourth Avenue at 10th Street, Stratman said.

Haynes knew his attackers, Stratman said, but he did not release any names.

"He was hit right between the eyes," Stratman said, "but his injuries were not life threatening."

Haynes was treated and released from Colquitt Regional Medical Center, Stratman added.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to call police at (229) 890-5451.