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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Two days after an 88-year old woman was murdered in her home, another 88-year-old woman was attacked in her home.

She was pepper sprayed by a man who snatched her purse, and that's not the only attack Albany Police are investigating.

Just a mile away, another woman was left bound by a home invader. Police say neighbors need to work together to stay safe as they see in a surge in crime in recent days.

Just after 11:00AM, Charlie Mae Posey was attacked as she drove up to her home in the 1900 block of Edgerly Avenue. A man wearing a dark hood over his head jumped her and pepper sprayed her in the face.

 "Once she tried to enter into the residence, he forced his way into the residence, by snatching her purse, and then fleeing the scene," Albany Police Lt. James Williams said.

Posey was taken to the hospital for treatment and released. Police say she is OK. But friends admit her attack shocked them.

"It frightens me, because I live two blocks from here, and I live alone too,"  said Georgia Washington.

Just a mile away in the 1400 block of Avalon Avenue, 39-year-old Buerena Phillips was attacked by a former boyfriend, who forced his way into her front door early Tuesday morning. Phillips was left bound hand and foot with coat hangers. Nothing was stolen.

Police were called and heard her screams for help inside the house, and found her still bound in the back bedroom. Arrest warrants have been issued for 50-year-old Newman Patton Junior.

Police say people in Albany should recognize this recent increase in criminal activity, but not live in fear.

"We are noticing a crime increase," Lt. Jones said. "But the way to combat it is for people to be aware, and reporting it. Getting us the information so we can get out there and get the people that are actually doing all this stuff."

Police say all three of last week's home invasions in Albany were drug or acquaintance crimes, not random attacks.

The masked man who attacked the 88-year-old woman is described as black, about 6 feet tall, and heavy set, wearing all black clothes.

If you have any information, call CRIME STOPPERS at 229-436-TIPS.

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