An armed robbery with a knife was reported by an 84-year-old elderly woman Thursday afternoon on South Ridge Avenue.
According to an incident report filed at the Tifton Police Department, the incident occurred Dec. 19. Officer Jason Waite reported the elderly woman said that between the hours of noon and 5 p.m. Dec. 19, she was inside her residence located in the 700 block of South Ridge Avenue when a black male knocked on her door. She opened the door and the subject asked about renting an apartment from her.
The woman said she told the subject he would need to contact her daughter about the apartment because she handled the rentals. The subject then asked if he could use her telephone because he didn’t have one. The woman dialed her daughter’s number and allowed the subject to speak with her about the properties available. She said he asked to set up a meeting on Dec. 22, however, he never provided his name or any contact information.
After getting off of the telephone, the subject then handed it to her and as she took it from him, he picked up a knife off of the kitchen table and forcibly grabbed her by the arm. She said the subject told her he didn’t come there to rent an apartment – he was there for money. The woman said she attempted to pull away from the subject and run, but he held on tighter and pulled her closer to him and then brought the knife toward her in a stabbing motion. She reported he didn’t cut her with the knife, but his actions caused her to believe he would if she continued to resist him.
She reached for her purse and removed approximately $100, and gave it to him.
After taking the money, the subject told her if she called the police, he would come back and kill her. He then fled the residence in an unknown direction.
The woman could only recall that the offender was between 5’08” and 6 feet tall and weighed approximately 200 pounds. The only clothing description she was able to give was that the offender was wearing a tan hat. She said she had never seen him before in the area, nor had she seen him since the incident. She said several days after the incident, she had substantial bruising to her arm where the offender held her. However, Waite reported after the elapsed time between the incident occurrence and the report, the bruising had faded and was not visible.
In other unrelated cases:
• A 25-year-old local man reported on New Year’s Day that he was attacked by four black males while inside the club at La Estrella on Commerce Way and had a pistol stolen.
The man said he ran into one subject who he had issues with in the past inside the club and they had talked, shook hands and said everything was “cool” between them. Not long after speaking to the subject, he said he went inside the restroom and upon leaving, someone jumped him from behind and threw him to the floor.
Once on the floor, another male subject told him, “Give me the pistol. I know you have it. Give it up.”
The man reported the subject located his pistol in his waistband, and the two began to struggle for control of the weapon. He said during the struggle, there were three other black males who he didn’t know helping the subject grab the pistol from him. Once the subject had the pistol, the males left him on the ground and disappeared into the crowd inside the club. The man then notified the security outside the club and told them to call the police.
The club was closed down once units arrived on the scene, but the offender wasn’t seen leaving, nor was he located in the crowd. The victim had a receipt for the purchase of the pistol, which was a black Jimenez Arms J.A. Nine with silver trim. He told police the male he talked to earlier was not involved in the attack. A search of the inside of the bar was made but no gun was located.
• A 20-year-old man reported New Year’s Eve that while at a party at an unknown address on Poplar Street, a black male assaulted him with a knife/blade and his fists. Emergency Medical Services was called to the scene to check the man’s injuries. No reason was given for the altercation. The man sustained a small cut on his neck, as well as swelling on his head. He declined to be transported by ambulance to the hospital and left the scene with a family friend.
• Deputy Justin Hutchinson reported Dec. 31 that he observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed to a lower speed zone with more traffic. The vehicle turned onto a side street and traveled the wrong way in the opposite lane. Hutchinson reported the driver had the odor of alcohol coming from his person. Frederick Lanier Carter, 47, of Sylvester was arrested and charged with DUI/alcohol refusal, speeding, reckless driving and failure to maintain lane.
• A 48-year-old man who lives in the 1100 block of South Central Avenue reported Dec. 30 that when he returned from work that afternoon for lunch, he noticed the door frame on his front door had been damaged, and the door would no longer close and latch. The only thing he found missing was a 42-inch flat screen television that was in the master bedroom. Nothing else in the residence was disturbed.
• A woman reported Dec. 30 that someone entered her residence on Ilene Glover Road in Ty Ty and took several items.
• A man reported Dec. 31 that a black male pointed a pistol at him and struck him on the neck with an unknown object while in the 200 block of James Avenue.
To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.