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Albany police investigate overnight home invasions, robberies

At least two sent to hospital following armed robberies late Monday, early Tuesday

ALBANY — Three home invasion and armed robbery incidents kept the Albany Police Department busy late Monday and early Tuesday.

At around 4 a.m. on Tuesday, police officials responded to an incident at 1104 S. McKinley St. Officers responded to the area in reference to an armed robbery in progress. Upon arrival, contact was made with the victim, a 33-year-old man, who reported that he had been robbed at gunpoint of credit cards and cash by four unknown men while on the 600 block of Holloway Avenue.

While responding officers were canvassing the area, they spotted the suspect’s vehicle — a red 2006 Dodge Magnum — slowly circling the area. When they attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, it sped away north bound on South Davis Street and would not stop. The assisting officers followed the vehicle, but it continued to proceed at a high rate of speed. The vehicle turned east in the 600 block of West Society Avenue. The suspects jumped out the vehicle before it hit a utility pole on the 600 block of West Society Avenue, APD officials said.

Four individuals were detained after being located inside a home on the 600 block of West Whitney Avenue. The suspect’s vehicle was towed and all parties involved were transported to the APD Law Enforcement Center and released into the custody of the agency’s criminal investigations bureau for interviews. No charges had been filed as of Tuesday afternoon in connection to the case.

The APD said a similar incident also occurred at 203 N. Carroll St. at around 1:45 a.m. on Tuesday. The victims reported that the suspects knocked on the front door, and when one of the victims opened the door, the suspects ran inside waving handguns at them. They said two of the suspects grabbed Marvin Womack, 35, and pistol wiped him. They advised that the suspects then robbed him of cash, a food stamp card and a cell phone — and that one of the suspects robbed Leonard Polk, 36, at gunpoint of cash and shot him, officials said.

There were two other victims who were not attacked, robbed or injured during this incident. Womack was transported to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and was treated for several large lacerations to his head and face. Polk was also transported to Phoebe and treated for a gunshot wound to his left arm and left side.

The suspects in that case were described as three to five unknown black males with their faces covered with T-shirts. As of Tuesday afternoon, Polk was listed in fair condition while Womack had already been discharged, a spokeswoman at Phoebe said.

The earliest of the incidents was reported at 10:45 p.m. on Monday at 922 W. Whitney Ave. There, a report from the APD said, a man and his fiancee said that they had been robbed at gunpoint. The man heard a knock on the door. When he opened the door, one of the suspects reportedly brandished a black handgun and told him to “give it up” and waved the gun at his fiancee while she was sitting on the couch. The other suspect searched the man’s pockets and took money and his debit card before both fled the scene on foot going southbound.

The suspects in that case were described as a tall black male with a black T-shirt and twisted hair, and a short male with a white T-shirt and gold teeth.