By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Police say it's a problem they've been dealing with since April, and believe Hispanics are being targeted because they're known to carry cash. But police are striking back with the arrests of 11 people.
Cairo police are working seven armed robbery cases dating back to April.
"We started getting reports of armed robberies involving hispanic males, where they were being targeted," said Cairo Police Investigator Wandell Asbell.
One of the most recent incidents in the Northeast part of the city. Three hispanic males were robbed while sitting in the yard.
"They were approached by three black males one was armed with a handgun the other was armed with a machete, one of the victims was cut on the hand," said Asbell.
17-year-old Lester Harrell, 23-year-old Jontavian Richardson and 17-year old Jarvis Johnson were all arrested.
Lester Harrell is connected to another robbery police say he beat a the victim with a branch.
"The victim that was beaten with a three limb saturday night identified one of those suspects as his attacker, Lester Harrell has ben charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault in that incident also."
Police also arrested Devonte Carr, Sheddrick Bowden and Gary Addison, all 17, and charged with Armed robbery and aggravated assault.
Five juveniles have also been arrested in connection with the robberies. Police have solved three of the seven cases they've been working on.
"Most of them have been similar to that all of them they've just been walking down the street."
Officers have stepped up patrols in the areas where the robberies happened. They say luckily no one has been seriously hurt but says if the robberies continue it's just a matter of time.
"A lot of times the person doing it is very nervous also, if they have their finger on the trigger and they're nervous it can go bad easily," said Asbell.
For now they're confident the 11 arrests should put a stop to some of those robberies.
The five juveniles were taken to the Thomasville Detention Center. All eleven suspects face at least one count of armed robbery and aggravated assault.
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