Gang-related attack, robberies among incidents

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.


whattheheck 3 years, 12 months ago

And soon, you will see Phyliss Banks on tv once again trying to convince folks that "crime is down". Must be one category down at a time like pistol whhipping of dwarfs or breaking wind in a public place. Crimes that matter? Nope.


Sally_O 3 years, 12 months ago

This incident happened 3 days ago and the herald is just now reporting it? I heard about this incident Saturday night on Fox 31 & WALB news. The Albany herald needs to keep news current and up to date, not news that happened 2 or 3 days ago.


TheMember 3 years, 12 months ago

It was in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Sunday


supersquawker 3 years, 12 months ago

Mssrs. Smith and Wesson have the answer to this problem.


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