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Two arrested for shooting at Merry Acres Inn Friday

Travin Bryant

Travin Bryant

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.

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Sydney Kerlegon

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.”


ORIGINAL STORY:

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.

CORRECTION:

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.

Comments

Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

Incidents like this, along with the Welcome signs and the tax hikes, will really bring in the Big Business to All Benny Gee AYYY!!

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VSU 1 year, 9 months ago

They are members of your Albany, Ga. Welcoming committee.

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Amazed2 1 year, 9 months ago

Lee County welcomes all new hotels and guest

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whattheheck 1 year, 9 months ago

Need to post a sign on inside of door in all motel rooms in Albany:

"Get your ice back in room by 8:00PM"

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waltspecht 1 year, 9 months ago

Just how many shootings have there been at this Motel Complex along Dawson over the last few years? I remember the guy with the 45 defending himself, and several others seem to lurk in the back of my mind. Plus several armed robberies of the night clerks. I guess it is check in armed and carry where ever you go.

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bigbob 1 year, 9 months ago

Another person gets shot at Albany motel, where are the cops out getting drunk with thier cruisers. People from other towns must think this whole paper is the comedy section.

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VSU 1 year, 9 months ago

Obviously there is no type of security measues at this motel if someone is able to walk in with a shotgun without being noticed.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 9 months ago

There was one who was killed in East Albany, but he got one of the thugs too.

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iko 1 year, 9 months ago

Maybe Sinyard can get another SPLOST tax started so we can have more $750,000 "Welcome to Hellbany" signs. Maybe we can spend more money to hire more idiots to work for Code Enforcement and harass businesses under Judy "Flush Jobs Down the Toilet" Bowles. That will fix things.....

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Amazed2 1 year, 9 months ago

Well you would think the local police would be able to determine which hotel they responded to. Comfort Inn Suites is just down the street but opposite side of Dawson Road. The cops have trouble driving without getting in a wreck and now looks like they got lost on Dawson Road. Yes more crime just really hurts marketing this fine city Of Thugs and Thieves. All the good money spent to revitalize the Merry Acres Complex and 2 Thugs with a shotgun wipe out all the efforts.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 9 months ago

I am so tired of hearing this. I can't remember the last time there was a day when the Albany Herald and WALB did not carry at least one story about someone being shot, robbed, beat up, threatened or mugged in the city. And now we are at Christmas and we can add thieves, pick pockets, and petty criminals to the list.

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bubbavet 1 year, 9 months ago

Albany's finest. Stupid is as stupid does. The address is a no-brainer. I guess they don't give free donuts.

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VSU 1 year, 9 months ago

Okay that explains my question about bringing a shotgun into a hotel without being noticed. They had the wrong hotel in the initial story.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

At this time of year, we have more people trying to rob people...

Translation: "Thugs deserve Christmas, too. This is America and we are too wealthy a nation to allow any Thug to go without Christmas. So Thugs, you just need to go on out there and find somebody who works for a living to take it from! If you just can't wait for The Government to take it from them and give it you, then you just gotta do what you gotta do." -- Barack Obama

It's just an extension of Obama's Class Warfare strategy that got His Excellency re-elected.

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Kay523 1 year, 9 months ago

the Herald should ban all the above racists from ever posting again - let them post in the leesburg or jacksonville papers - they don't live here in anymore and are just a bunch of haters!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

Who mentioned race? Answer: YOU DID.

You are more concerned about your perceived "racism" than about the gentleman that was almost killed and for what?? A few bucks?? Pathetic!!

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VSU 1 year, 9 months ago

We can only assume Kay523 supports people being robbed and shot in the back etc. People like her are the problems of today's society, not us people that is against these crimes.

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 9 months ago

Kay Thank you for your Bleeding heart! Please post your home address so the thieves can come straight to your home and leave the rest of us alone. If more of you Bleeding hearts would identify yourselves then maybe more of the law abiding residents could live in peace. Race has no place in this discussion, it is about those who steal from all of us. If you noticed Detective Charlie Roberts said thanks for the community’s help “Their calls and information helped us quickly resolve this case.” Most of Albany does not want thieves among us and will help weed them out.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 9 months ago

Look at the person in Minnesota. He was robbed 8 times and the 9th time he was ready. He killed both of them in his basement and now he is charged with murder. He will get off according to MN's law. This is going to happen here one day and I have to side with the man in MN. He has the right to defend himself and his property in his own home. This world is a sad place to live in. Nothing is black or white anymore. It is good and evil. Which do you belong to. Black and white people are fed up with thugs stealing their property. The powers that be have not figured it out yet. It is going to take robberies like this to get something done. I am glad this person who was shot and is okay. That is something good, because using a shotgun is not aggravated assault. It is attempted murder.

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Bumpyjohnson 1 year, 9 months ago

Both individuals should be given 40 years in prison without the possibility of parole. They should work in the prison system to pay for their food, laundry expenses, hospital bill and restitution to the injured. Btw, I worked for a local employer in the 80's that allowed Lee County inmates to work in the plant. Their basketball team would havd given the Atlanta Hawks a run for it's money.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

Your proposal is accepted! Thanks for being part of the solution!

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Bumpyjohnson 1 year, 9 months ago

Thank you Sis_Ruby. Now how about that date for a day. You can ride in my 1982 Yugo sitting on 24's.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

Now I know you a Lie. Ain't no Yugos still rolling anywhere near Albany Gee Ayy.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

Thanks to the citizens and cops who got these two thugs arrested. Until the stupid city and county commissioners start genuinely caring about the safety and welfare of the citizens this community will be a crime ridden area. Resources are squandered on signs, stainless steel arches, illegal funding of Riverquarium and Civil Rights Museum, fraudulent housing developments and the list goes on. We have half a dozen locally funded law enforcement agencies to say nothing of the FBI and we basically live in a war zone. The officers on the beat are following their commands' leadership. Aggressive law enforcement with sufficiently focused resources is going to be the key to our community's safety. Dougherty and Albany cops should be known far and wide to be so mean and effective that criminals, mendicants, and miscreants of every brand drive ten miles to avoid the county line. It can be done but the commissions have to use sources and resources prudently and at this point the city and county commissioners are self-serving and without courage.

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