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Albany police investigate armed robberies

Two men are robbed in separate incidents

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

ALBANY — In one of at least two armed robberies reported to police on Tuesday, Reginald Jones of Albany said he was robbed at his home on the 1500 block of McArthur Street by two men with guns.

Jones told officers of the Albany Police Department he was unloading groceries from his car around 9 p.m. when the men approached and demanded “all his belongings” then struck him on his head. Jones said he then threw his wallet and the contents of his pockets to the ground and ran across the street to escape the men.

Jones told police that as he was running, the men shot at him several times. It was later determined that while Jones was uninjured, several nearby vehicles and a home at 1502 McArthur St.were struck by gunfire, police officials say.

Units of the APD were dispatched to the scene, officials say, where they apprehended suspect, Michael Niort, 21. A second unidentified suspect is described as a black male with a slim build and a silver handgun. Officials say Niort was transported to the Dougherty County jail and charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Around 10 p.m. Tuesday, Baoji Lin told officers of the APD he was delivering food in the 1400 block of Whispering Pines Road when an unknown black male stepped from behind a vehicle and pointed a handgun at him. Lin reported that the suspect then struck him on his head and robbed him of an undermined amount of cash before running from the scene. The suspect is described as 5 foot 6 inches tall and about 150 pounds, police officials say.