Tifton police responded to two armed robberies and a robbery by sudden snatching over the weekend, resulting in some injuries.
According to an incident report filed at the Tifton Police Department, officer Tom King reported shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday that he and other officers responded to K&P Store on Tifton-Eldorado Road in reference to a robbery. He said while en route, dispatch advised that the complainant, a 19-year-old male, had left the store and was at a friend’s house located in the 1700 block of Brookvale Drive.
King said he arrived at the store and began searching for the suspects. Sgt. Dorminey McCrae, along with other officers, arrived on the scene. Another officer went to the friend’s house and brought the complainant back to the store. The male told police that he was closing up the store and when he walked outside, two black males 5’11” to 6’ in height and wearing black hooded sweatshirts came around the north side of the building and told him to “come here.”
He said he immediately started running away from the store and then south down Tifton-Eldorado Road until he reached his friend’s house on Brookvale Drive. He noted the suspects began chasing him.
King reported that the store surveillance system was not working properly because of the damage done to it by the offenders. According to the complainant, approximately $200 was removed from the register.
In another matter, officer Lynn McCulley reported shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday that she was sent to the Enmark on Fifth Street regarding an assault victim. A black male had entered the store with blood all over his face and said he had been attacked. The victim, a 62-year-old man, reported that while walking through the parking lot of Buddy’s Home Furnishing, three black males in all black approached him. He said one of the subjects told him to give them his money or they would “beat his (bleep).” He told them he didn’t have any money, and one of the offenders then said they would beat him because he didn’t.
The man reported that at that time, one of the offenders hit him in the head with an unknown object, knocking him to the ground. While on the ground, he said the offenders took $15 from him, along with an inhaler. He said he didn’t know which way the subjects fled on foot after he was robbed. The only description he could give of the attackers was three black males in all black, one being a lot heavier than the other two.
The report states that Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene and checked the man’s injury. The victim had a small gash above his left eye that was bleeding. He refused to go to the hospital, but EMS bandaged his wound before leaving. McCulley gave the man a ride back to his residence.
Also, a 19-year-old male reported Friday afternoon that he was riding his bicycle on Third Street and stopped momentarily at the intersection of College Avenue when his vision went blurred and he felt a pain in the back of his head. He told police that he was knocked out, and when he awoke, he was on the ground. He said he looked up and observed three individuals running off with his bike about 100 yards west of his location.
The male reported that two of the offenders were wearing black hoodies that were pulled over their heads and the other was wearing a gray hoodie that was also pulled up concealing his identity. He said one of the offenders involved was taller than the others.
To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.