Arrest in grocery store robbery

Kendrick Montra Powell

Kendrick Montra Powell

ALBANY, Ga. — One suspect arrested and two more sought as police seek the remaining robbers in the 11 p.m. Monday armed robbery of the Neighborhood Grocery Store at 716 Johnson Road.

Kendrick Powell, 22, was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime Thursday, said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman .

“Police are still seeking assistance from the community with identifying the additional suspects involved,” Banks said. “The other two black men are wanted for armed robbery, aggravated assault, entering auto and kidnapping charges.”

The report described the men as armed and dangerous.

According to the police report, three gunmen walked up to two of the store’s clerks in the parking lot after the store was locked for the night. The robbers demanded money from the clerks.

Two of the gunmen kept the clerks at bay, while a third took one of the clerk’s cellphone and car keys and searched the clerk’s car. The gunmen forced the clerks to open the store and took them inside.

“While inside the store one of the suspects hit one clerk several times with his handgun and forced him to open the safe,” said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman. “The suspects stole the money from the safe and ran out of the store.”

Anyone with additional information should call investigators at (229) 431-3288 or Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477). The Spanish speaking APD-COP Tip Line is (229) 434-2677.

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