ALBANY, Ga. — Among the activity the Albany Police Department responded to Saturday evening was an aggravated assault that may have been gang related, and two robberies believed to be connected.
At 7:45 p.m., siblings Telisa Brown, 22, and Michael Brown, 18, were walking along the 1300 block of Avalon Avenue when they were attacked by a group of about 10 men, officials from the Albany Police Department said.
The two were attacked by being punched and kicked. They were taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for evaluation.
According to a hospital spokeswoman, Telisa Brown was discharged from Phoebe’s emergency center later that night. Her brother was discharged early Sunday.
After further investigation, it was determined that the attack was gang related, which resulted in the APD Gang Unit taking over the investigation.
The incident has been labeled as an aggravated assault and gang participation case.
Nearly an hour after that incident, at 2315 W. Gordon Ave., the APD said they responded to a call indicating that a 26-year-old man had been robbed at gunpoint.
The victim, identified as Wade Rhodes, told police that two black males robbed him at gunpoint, taking cash from his wallet, as he was walking by an apartment complex.
During the robbery, Rhodes was physically assaulted by being struck in the face. The two men that robbed him were both armed with handguns, and were wearing all black. One of the men had shoulder-length dreads.
He refused medical treatment for his injuries.
A similar incident took place roughly an hour later at about 9:30 p.m. on the 500 block of South Slappey Boulevard.
The victim in that incident, Jerry Mathis, 48, told the APD that he was walking in an alley heading home when he was approached by a black male with shoulder-length dreads wearing all black, similar to one of the suspects in the West Gordon Avenue armed robbery.
Mathis described the suspect as about six feet in height and weighing 170 pounds. A portion of his face was covered, and he was able to get away with an undetermined amount of cash from the victim’s wallet.
Both robberies remain under investigation.