Albany police respond to aggravated assault, armed robbery

One hospitalized following assault at south Albany convenience store

ALBANY — The Albany Police Department responded to activity including an aggravated assault at a south Albany convenience store and an armed robbery outside a residence on Wednesday and into early Thursday, reports show.

Reports show the aggravated assault took place at around 5 a.m. Thursday at 1104 Newton Road, at Brothers Convenience Store.

The victim, James Richardson, 45, told police he was at the location to purchase some items from inside the store. While he stood outside the store, he became engaged in a verbal altercation with the cashier. The cashier’s boyfriend, Abe Brown, then exited the store with a baseball bat and proceeded to hit the victim about the head and facial area causing substantial injuries, said Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the APD.

Paramedics arrived on scene and transported the victim to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Brown was taken to the APD Law Enforcement Center for an interview, and he was later charged with aggravated assault, Banks said.

A spokeswoman at Phoebe said Richardson had been discharged by midday Thursday.

The reported armed robbery took place Wednesday from 12:16 to 12:26 p.m. at 1200 Westwood Drive.

The victim in that case, a 35-year-old man, said he pulled up to his girlfriend’s residence when he was approached by the armed suspects, who had with them a black handgun. The suspects took his black bag containing cash, an iPad and a cell phone and left the scene in a white Mitsubishi Galant with dark tinted windows, Banks said.

The suspects were described as two black males wearing all black clothing, one with dreadlocks and wearing a mask. This case remains active. There were no injuries reported, Banks said.