Tifton police responded to an armed robbery at a local business on South Park Avenue Tuesday morning.
According to an incident report filed at the Tifton Police Department, officer Jason Waite reported that a 69-year-old man and 65-year-old woman at R.B. Alterations, located in the 1500 block of South Park Avenue, said at 11:49 a.m., they were preparing to leave for lunch when a black male knocked on the front door, which was locked. The woman reported that she opened the door and the subject grabbed it, pulled it open and rushed inside, brandishing a large, black handgun.
She said the offender pointed it at her and demanded all of the money and told her and the man that he was going to kill them both. The offender then grabbed her purse that contained $400 in cash, multiple Bank of America checks, her driver’s license, Social Security card and cell phone. He then took the man’s wallet that contained his driver’s license, Social Security card, concealed carry permit and Bank of America debit card. The offender also picked up a HP laptop, as well as the business telephone, and instructed the victims to walk into the back room or they would be shot
The man and woman reported they complied and as they turned to walk to the back, they heard a gunshot and the door closed. When they turned around, the offender was gone. They described the offender as being approximately 5’10” to 6’ tall with a black do-rag on his head. He was wearing a camouflage jacket, black shirt, dark jeans and brown boots. The jacket or shirt may have had a name printed on it that started with the letter “S.”
One witness who was across the street when the incident occurred told police that he observed a black male wearing a camouflage jacket enter the business. He said another black male was standing at the south corner of the building near 17th Street and appeared to be watching the subject enter the business. He then heard a single gunshot and saw both men running west along 17th Street, turning southwest in the area of Ridge Avenue. He said the second subject who was standing outside was wearing jeans and a green hoodie.
Another witness said he was sitting at the intersection of Park Avenue and 17th Street when he observed a green car, possibly a Toyota, traveling south on Park Avenue stop just before the business. He said two males exited the vehicle, one wearing a camouflage jacket and the other wearing a green hoodie. They walked toward the building and as they did, the car made a right turn onto 17th Street and traveled west as he crossed 17th and traveled north. The man reported that he has seen the car multiple times in the area but didn’t know who it belonged to.
Waite reported that initial assessment of the scene revealed a spent 9mm casing lying on the pavement in front of the entry to the building. No corresponding bullet hole was found inside or outside the building. A detective arrived and began to process the scene.
Sgt. Dorminey McCrae with the TPD Criminal Investigations Division told The Tifton Gazette Wednesday there is a person of interest in this case.
To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.