APD probes robberies

ALBANY — The Albany Police Department is looking into two reported robberies from over the weekend, at least one of which involved a firearm.

At 2:30 a.m. Sunday, officers were called to 2701 Gillionville Road in reference to a robbery. The victim, identified as Cedric Dean, 27, reported that he went to pick up a friend at the intersection of West Gordon Avenue and University Street when he was approached by someone.

This person, described as a black male, reportedly walked to Dean’s vehicle and pointed a gun at him, demanding money. The suspect took cash from the victim and fled the scene, authorities say.

The suspect was last seen wearing a dark hoodie, a dark shirt and blue jeans.

In the course of investigating another robbery in the vicinity of South Madison Street and Odom Avenue, a man was arrested Sunday for carrying a firearm without a license, APD reports show.

At 11:10 a.m., an officer was in that area looking for a robbery suspect — who, according to a police report narrative, was a black male wearing tan pants, white shoes and a green hat — when the officer’s patrol car got to the 400 block of Cedar Avenue.

There, Frank Richard, 65, was seen wearing tan pants, a gray jacket, a green hat and white, black and red shoes. The narrative said that a gun, loaded with five bullets — which reportedly belonged to his late brother and was in his pocket for protection — was found.

The weapon was run through a computer check for wants and warrants, which came back negative.

Richard was arrested for carrying a firearm without a license. It was determined that he was not the one who committed the robbery in question, the report said.