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.