Man embarks on quest to change violence after armed robbery in East Albany

Community’s quest to change violence after armed robbery in East Albany

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany police said they need your help in finding three men who robbed two men at gunpoint in East Albany.

They fired shots at them, even after they gave the suspects $80.

Owens Avenue Community Watch President Fredrick Quimby said he is tired of the crime in the area and needs the entire neighborhood’s assistance in bringing change.

“It’s not actually getting better since we been here, to be honest it’s been getting worse in this area,” said Quimby.

Quimby has lived on Owens Avenue for 11 years and after hearing two men were robbed at gunpoint Saturday afternoon, he wants to do more to end crime in his neighborhood.

“By you bringing that statement to me on what just happened, me as an individual, I’m going to step my game up as far as watching out more,” said Quimby.

According to the Albany Police Department, three male suspects approached two men demanding money. The victims gave the suspects $80 and as they sped off, the suspects fired shots at them.

Quimby, who’s the neighborhood watch president, said kids could’ve been outside and a bullet could have easily hit a child. And that’s why he wants to protect them even more.

“Because it’s not myself or not only my family that I have to protect. I feel like I have to protect my whole neighborhood because my neighborhood is my family,” said Quimby.

While only one of the victims was shot in the arm and has non life-threatening injuries, Fredrick said this community must stand up to find a solution.

“It’s been deteriorating actually, because it’s been more ignored and I can’t say because of the neighborhood watch because we have tried to come together,” said Quimby.

Quimby said he wants the community to come together to stop more shootings, armed robberies and innocent people from getting hurt.

“We have wonderful people in this area, but no matter where you’re at, you can’t stop the crime,” said Quimby.

But if the community comes together, Fredrick said maybe a small difference can be made.

“And not just for this area, but for Albany as a whole, can be a better place if we come together and unify as people and caring neighbors,” said Quimby.

Quimby said he wants to start meeting with people in his neighborhood three times a year and eventually meet once a month to stop the violence for good.

Albany police said no one has yet been charged, but if you know anything about this incident, you’re encouraged to call CrimeSTOPPERS at (229) 436-TIPS.

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