ALBANY, Ga. — A mildly autistic Lee County man walking along 12th Avenue on a sunny, pleasant Monday afternoon came under attack by a knife-wielding man.
Lance Larson suffered knife wounds to his forearm, back and neck from a knife used by a man who jumped out of an alley near Barnsdale Way around 5 p.m., stated an Albany Police Department report.
Larson, 51, is a tambourine player in the Bo Henry Band. He had just left friends at Henry's Harvest Moon restaurant when he was attacked.
"I didn't provoke anybody. I didn't say a word to him. I was just walking down the street," Larson said. "He didn't try to rob me. He stabbed me and I ran and he ran away. It is time for us to take back this town from thugs and make it safe. I want him prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
To help take at least one thug from the street, Henry and his business partner, Stewart Campbell, are offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of Larson's attacker.
"I don't know if it was a gang initiation, or what," Henry said. "We just can't stand for this."
With his wounds all stitched up, the popular band member is recovering well, said his niece Lorrie Jackson.
"He was upset that the African-American design shirt he bought at the international festival was ruined," Jackson said. "He really liked that shirt."
Anyone with additional information should call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or investigations at (229) 431-3288. The Spanish speaking APD-COP Tip Line is (229) 434-2677.
Crime stoppers is an anonymous tipline. People with information could become eligible for cash rewards.