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APD responds to armed robberies

ALBANY -- Law enforcement in the area had a busy weekend, with the more notable incidents being two armed robberies and an aggravated assault that all took place on Sunday.

The first armed robbery occurred on the 400 block of Harmon Avenue at 4:50 a.m.

The victim, Joseph Toombs, 48, told authorities that he had been robbed by four young black males, one of whom was carrying a silver revolver.

"They took money from the victim," Albany Police Department spokeswoman Phyllis Banks wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. "They fled the scene on foot."

There have been no arrests made in the case.

Another incident under investigation is a second armed robbery that took place several hours later at Pine Forest Apartments on Pinson Road.

In that case, Marquis Garland reported that he gave suspects a ride in his 2007 Chrysler 300 to the apartment complex to purchase a cell phone.

"Once in the breezeway, the suspects pointed a gun at him and took his keys and money from his pocket," Banks said. "The suspects then drove off in the vehicle."

The suspects were described as two black males.

About an hour after the incident, the car was found behind a residence at 217 Pinson Road. More cash and a handgun were missing from the car.

At 8:30 that night, a 31-year-old woman became victim to a BB gun attack.

The incident occurred at 407 West Society Ave.

Based on testimonial and physical evidence, Keisha Lashawn Taylor got into a verbal altercation with a 16-year-old male, after which she was shot four times.

Authorities eventually confirmed that the weapon was a BB gun, with which she had been hit once in the chest, twice in the right arm and once in the side.

She was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and later discharged.

The juvenile involved was taken into custody.