ALBANY, Ga. — Two men face aggravated assault charges after their arrests Monday in connection with a Friday shooting at a Dawson Road motel, an Albany Police Department detective said.
“I want to say thanks for the community’s help,” said Detective Charlie Roberts. “Their calls and information helped us quickly resolve this case.”
Sydney Kerlegon, 21, and Travin Bryant, 19, are in Dougherty County Jail without any bond set, according to the jail’s automated answering service.
Officers, supported by the Metro SWAT team, executed a “high risk” search warrant about 7 p.m. at an 834 Seedling St. residence “without incident,” Roberts said. “What I mean by ‘without incident’ is no one was injured. Nothing we have uncovered says this is gang-related. It is not gang-related.”
Police arrested Bryant at the Seedling Street address. Kerlegon was arrested at an address that Roberts would not disclose because the investigation into the shooting was continuing.
Thomas Lee Bennett, 41, who was shot, was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. He has been discharged, a hospital spokeswoman said.
The trouble started Friday when Bennett saw two men, one carrying a shotgun, approaching him while he walked back from an ice machine before 11:22 p.m. Friday at the 1500 Dawson Road motel. He ran into the foyer of his suite.
Kerlegon then shot Bennett, Roberts said. The two assailants ran away from Merry Acres Inn and left their video portraits on the motel’s extensive video system.
“We’ve got 50 cameras there. We gave the great video right over to the police,” said Bo Henry, a partner in the motel. “We hire law enforcement security for every night of the week. Our security was right at the room less than two minutes after it happened.”
After confiscating a 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun at the Seedling Street address, Roberts said, a .45-caliber handgun with ammunition was seized from Kerlegon’s vehicle at the undisclosed location.
At the Seedling Street residence, officers also found less than an ounce of marijuana, said Maj. Bill Berry, commander of the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit. The men also had drug paraphernalia, scales and packaging materials commonly used by drug dealers, so the drug unit plans to add possession with intent to distribute charges to the case, he added.
The video taken at the Merry Acres Inn played a big part in capturing the suspects, Roberts said.
“The video shows the suspect brandishing a firearm and firing it at the victim,” Roberts said. “At this time of year, we have more people trying to rob people. Business owners should have video and make it available to us. And call us about suspicious persons.”
Two men attempting to rob a man at Merry Acres shot the victim in the back, according to an Albany Police Department report. Sydney Kerlegon, 21, and Travin Bryant 19, were arrested in connection with the shooting by Albany police with the assistance of the Metro SWAT Monday and taken to Dougherty County Jail before 11:57 P.m., said Detective Charlie Roberts at a 1:30 p.m. today press conference.
Due to wrong information from Albany Police a robbery and shooting at Merry Acres was reported at the Comfort Inn and Suites.
The facts are:
Two men attempting to rob a man at Merry Acres shot the victim in the back, according to an Albany Police Department report. Sydney Kerlegon, 21, and Travin Bryant 19, were arrested in connection with the shooting by Albany police with the assistance of the Metro SWAT team before 11:57 P.m. Monday and taken to Dougherty County Jail, a new report added.
Thomas Lee Bennett, 41, saw two black men, one carrying a shotgun, approaching him while he walked back from the ice machine before 11:22 p.m. at the 1500 Dawson Road motel. He ran into the foyer of his suite, the report stated.
An assailant shot Bennett in the back through a window on the porch after he slammed the door on his assailants, the report added. Paramedics treated Bennett at the scene and he was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman.
Bennett was discharged from the hospital, said a hospital spokeswoman.