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Man steals woman's purse and car

By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It was a wild night for Albany Police and a robbery victim Wednesday. A woman making a quick stop at a convenience store was robbed of her purse and her car.

The victim didn't give in without a fight and the suspect didn't get far. It all started a few minutes after 7 Wednesday night. Police say Estella Marshall was about to get into her car at a North Jefferson Street store when a man approached her demanding some cash.

During a struggle she hit him twice in the head, but he still managed to get away with her purse and her car. While police responded to the Inland Gas Station, another cop patrolling North Slappey Boulevard spotted the robbery victim's red Chevy Cavalier.

The driver refused to stop and drove onto the bypass. There was a pursuit though police say it never got over the speed limit.  They eventually used a rolling road block to stop the driver right by the Blaylock exit.

"People are showing that they are tired of being victims of such ridiculous crimes. By her starting things off for us, getting a good description of suspect and car, it really assisted the police department," said Albany Police Media Manager Phyllis Banks-Whitley.

The arrest came pretty quickly less than 20 minutes after police got the call. Her accused robber is 43-year-old Maurice Lavon Humphries. We were there as police turned that stolen vehicle back over to it's rightful owner. She was escorted from the bypass by an Albany Police officer.

Humphries was questioned by authorities at the Law Enforcement Center downtown before being taken to the Dougherty County Jail. He's now charged with robbery by force and motor vehicle theft.  

The Dougherty County Sheriff's Office and the Gang Task Force helped Albany Police with that rolling road block to stop Humphries.

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