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Albany police investigate robbery, aggravated assault

Restaurant robbed, shooting reported Saturday

Police activity was seen outside Maryland Fried Chicken at around 9 p.m. on Saturday after an attempted robbery via the drive thru window. (Special photo: Kerri Copello/WFXL-TV)

Police activity was seen outside Maryland Fried Chicken at around 9 p.m. on Saturday after an attempted robbery via the drive thru window. (Special photo: Kerri Copello/WFXL-TV)

ALBANY — An attempted restaurant robbery and an aggravated assault witnessed by a 3-month-old girl were among the incidents the Albany Police Department responded to over the weekend.

The attempted robbery was at 510 N. Slappey Blvd. at Maryland Fried Chicken at around 9 p.m. on Saturday. Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman from the APD, said a suspect described as a black male between 5-feet-8-inches and 5-feet-10-inches tall and wearing a dark colored jacket with fur around the hood, khakis and a red multi-colored shirt tried to rob the business through the drive-thru window.

Banks said officers reported that he walked up to the drive-thru and demanded money from the register. Nothing was taken and no injuries were reported. The suspect fled the scene on foot. There were no further updates on the case as of Monday afternoon.

Earlier that same day, there was an aggravated assault reported when a man allegedly shot at a woman while an infant was nearby.

The incident was reported from the 2600 block of Yorktown Avenue at around 1:30 p.m. after a man, identified as Emmanuel Cobb, allegedly fired shots at the victim, a 23-year-old woman, with a black .32 caliber handgun while she was sitting inside of her car. An officer followed the vehicle but lost sight of the suspect before he was eventually apprehended without incident on foot near the intersection of Broad Avenue and Broadway Street.

Cobb’s vehicle was recovered and towed to the APD Law Enforcement Center. Witness to the incident was a 3-month-old girl in the back seat in a car seat of the victim’s vehicle at the time the shooting occurred, police said.

The charges Cobb faces are two counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, cruelty to a child in the third degree and other traffic violations. No injuries were reported.