Tifton Gazette


January 13, 2014

Robbery at gunpoint reported with injuries

TIFTON — Two men were injured Saturday after reportedly being robbed at gunpoint.

Officer Richard Varn reported in an incident report filed at the Tifton Police Department that he was at Santos Bar on South Main Street doing a walk through when at 2:06 a.m., a call was dispatched to another officer concerning subjects who had left Santos and got robbed. He drove to another location on Seventh Street and got out with a fellow officer and a 37-year-old man who said he left the bar with his friend and an unknown female. The man reported that he was unsure what happened but that he remembered being hit in the head with a baseball bat.

At 3:04 a.m., Varn responded to a call at Town and Country Mobile Home Park in reference to a male having his vehicle stolen. He said upon speaking with the victim (the friend of the 37-year-old male), he was vomiting and holding his head, which was swollen around the right temple.

The man reported that his purple 2004 Dodge Stratus had been stolen and that he had been robbed at gunpoint by several black males. He said he left the bar with his friend and some female who was driving his vehicle. He said they were giving her a ride home and she was driving. He reported that the female was Hispanic, short and heavyset. She was wearing a green pullover and had a tattoo under her eye on her cheek. The man said the woman drove them to the location where he and his friend were robbed at gunpoint. He said upon arriving, several black males were waiting.

Varn reported that he drove the victim to the location where the incident occurred, which was found to be in the county on 19th Street. The case was turned over to the Tift County Sheriff’s Office.

In another matter, a four-vehicle wreck occurred Sunday night in Ashburn. A spokesperson with the Georgia State Patrol Cordele office said the incident occurred at 8:59 p.m. on State Route 107 near mile marker 6. Injuries are unknown at this time, and the incident is still under investigation. A call to the trooper who handled the wreck for more information was not returned by press time.

In other unrelated cases:

• A woman who lives in the 1700 block of Chula-Brookfield Road reported Thursday afternoon that she stepped outside onto her back porch and saw a black male dressed in a faded hoodie and faded jeans standing underneath her carport. When the subject saw her, he took off running back toward the roadway. She said she didn’t recognize the subject and that the hoodie was pulled over his head. Nothing appeared missing at the time.

• A woman who lives in the 1300 block of Ty Ty-Omega Road reported Wednesday that she saw a Hispanic male standing on her front porch. The subject ran away when he saw her.

• A man who lives in the 200 block of Powell Road reported early Wednesday morning that his alarm was activated and then his wife saw someone dressed in all black and wearing a mask running toward the woods in their backyard.

• An employee at the Dollar General in Ty Ty reported Wednesday night that while in the back of the store, a witness advised her that the store was being robbed.

• A woman who lives in the 2600 block of Whiddon Mill Road reported Friday that her neighbor was outside naked and tried to get a 14-year-old boy to come inside with him.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

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