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April 10, 2014

Kidnapping, armed robbery reports given to law enforcement

TIFTON — An armed robbery and kidnapping were reported Monday on Beech Street.

According to an incident report filed at the Tifton Police Department, Lt. Adam Story reported that two male victims, a 20-year-old and 22-year-old, said sometime after midnight, they were sitting in the vehicle in front of a residence in the 500 block of Beech Street in the roadway. One was in the driver’s seat and the other was in the passenger seat.

They reported that a black male walked up to the vehicle from the east to the passenger side. The subject was not wearing a shirt, but he did have a shirt wrapped around his face. He pulled out a pistol and pointed it at the passenger’s head. He demanded that both victims give him their money.

The passenger said he didn’t have anything. The driver gave the passenger his wallet and cell phone to give to the offender. The passenger said the offender took the wallet but didn’t touch the phone, letting it fall to the ground.

The victims reported that the offender ordered them out of the vehicle. They were then ordered by the offender to pull their shorts down. They reported that after he checked them for more money, they pulled their shorts back up.

The victims said the offender then said, “I know y’all got more than that.” He took them over to another car and made the passenger open the door. When the offender saw that there was nothing inside the car, he told them, “We are going in the house now.”

The victims reported that they went on the porch of the residence, and the offender told them to knock on the door. When the passenger knocked on the door, the offender took off running. The driver ran to the police department, where Story found him.

The passenger said he saw the offender run east on Beech Street and lost sight of him in the apartment complex. He said he got into the vehicle and started looking for the other victim. An officer stopped the vehicle at Beech Street and Woodlawn Avenue.

Both victims described the offender as being short. One reported that he was dark skinned and the other said he was light skinned. They said the offender seemed very careful as to not touch anything.

In another matter, a 22-year-old male reported April 5 that at approximately 3:21 a.m., he was walking east on Sixth Street from Belmont Avenue on the north side of the street. He said before he could reach Church Lane, two black males dressed in all black approached him from the south of Sixth Street, pointing a gun to his head and saying he was going to “give it up tonight.”

The male reported that as the tall subject held the gun to his head, the shorter subject patted down his pockets and removed $180 from his left, front pocket. He said at one point, his pants were pulled down. He said the subjects then took off running south, firing one shot into the air.

The male described one of the offenders as being 5’8” in height, about 180 pounds and having dark skin. He was wearing black “Dickies-style” pants with a black short sleeve shirt. The other offender was described as being about 6’1” in height, slim build and having light skin. He also had on black “Dickies-style” pants with a black long sleeve thermal-type shirt. The male reported that both offenders were wearing black ski masks over their heads with the entire eye area being open.

Sgt. Terry Allen who responded to the scene reported that he received a call about a shot being fired in the 700 block of East Sixth Street at 3:21 a.m. He told the victim that he rode the area and asked why he didn’t come out when he saw his patrol car. The male replied that he was hiding and scared to come out.

The victim said the robbery occurred on the north side of Sixth Street in front of a church. He said the two offenders came from a patch of trees on the southwest corner of Church Lane. After the robbery, they ran back the same direction they came, firing a single shot. Allen said he searched the area, but didn’t locate a shell casing or shoe prints. He noted in the report that the victim had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage about his person. When he asked him how much he had to drink, he said a lot, but he had quickly sobered up during the robbery.

Also, Deputy Jeremy Marquez reported April 4 that he responded to a residence located in the 400 block of West Washington Street in reference to a possible burglary in progress. He said upon arrival, deputies discovered a broken window on the west side of the residence and a lug wrench lying on the ground below the window.

Deputies set up a perimeter around the residence and waited for the homeowner. Upon the homeowner’s arrival, Marquez said he obtained a key and deputies made entry. They searched the residence and discovered the offender, 43-year-old Mark Cedric Peterson, hiding under a bed. Deputies assisted Peterson out from under the bed and placed handcuffs on him. He was arrested for burglary.

A woman who lives in the 1900 block of Dorminey Street reported April 1 that a black male came into her house through the window. She said after the offender saw her wake up, he left the scene running.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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