APD searching for gunmen

ALBANY, Ga. -- Tuesday turned violent as a gunman held up a convenience store, a thief accosted a delivery man and a shot rang out during a home invasion -- all before 4 a.m.

Responding to a "shots fired" call at 614 Johnson Road, Albany police officers reported finding that a suspect entered the residence about 12:09 a.m. and tried to rob Buford Ford Jr. and Jennifer Trody while two girls ages 3 and 4 years were in the residence.

"Ford fought with the suspect," police reported, "and during the fight a round was fired from the weapon the suspect had."

There were no injuries, the report added, and the suspect fled. Police continue to investigate the failed robbery.

In another robbery, a man carrying a semi-automatic handgun about 3:10 a.m. robbed the Flash Foods convenience store at 2447 N. Slappey Blvd.

According to Phyllis Banks, Albany Police Department spokeswoman, "A Flash Foods employee told police he was working at the cash register when an unidentified black man walked into the store. The man asked for change. When the employee opened the register to retrieve the money, the man reached into his pocket and pulled out a semi-automatic handgun. He then demanded money from the register at gunpoint. The employee complied."

The suspect ran across North Slappey Boulevard to the area behind McDonald's restaurant and P&P Garden & Hardware Store, reports stated. Police set up a perimeter in the area, but failed to catch the suspect, reports added.

Police are looking for a black man, about 40, with a mustache and goatee. He is described as having a heavy build with a medium-brown complexion and standing 6 feet to 6 feet 2. He was last seen wearing a red and tan cap, dark shirt and pants with a black bubble-style jacket.

A Church's Chicken deliveryman reported an aggravated assault and attempted robbery about 3:30 a.m. when he was approached by a man on the 400 block of West Oglethorpe Boulevard, reports stated.

The bandit demanded deliveryman Shaun Washington's wallet, reports stated. Washington refused and chased the suspect, but was unsuccessful, reports said. The would-be robber was armed with an unidentified weapon, reports added.

No further information was immediately available. No arrests were made and the cases remain under investigation.

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.