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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Albany police swarmed a south Albany neighborhood Thursday and caught an armed robbery suspect 30 minutes after a hold up at a fast food restaurant.

It's the third armed robbery at an Albany business this week. The 16-year old suspect in Thursday's robbery at the South Slappey Sonic is in jail charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, and gun charges.

WALB News Ten was the only crew there when police arrested him.

Because of those back to back robberies on Monday at two Flash Food convenience stores Albany Police have been on high alert.  Thursday those extra patrols paid off and tonight they've got a warning for others who might try this type of crime.

Caught red handed. Fast work by police, had them patting down 16 year old Rico Hall and checking his shoes before taking him downtown for questioning, all just thirty minutes after investigators say he held three Sonic employees at gunpoint on South Slappey.

"The suspect entered the side door at the business and demanded money from the employees," said Phyllis Banks, Albany Police Media Manager.

In the evidence envelope, items taken from the store. Police followed Hall's trail, finding the shirt that covered his face behind Sonic and searching a wooded area. After two armed robberies Monday, police were ready.

"A lot of the work the officers do does not go noticed, but the community needs to know they are out here working extremely hard, especially when we see and increase in armed robberies like we saw this week with two of them happening back to back," said Banks.

From the Sonic that suspect ran two blocks east and three or four blocks south to this home on Odom Street where police have been searching a wooded area.

"It probably was a quick place he could run to," said Mary Williams a neighbor.

Neighbors say Hall has family at the Odom Street home. They were shocked to find police swarming their typically quiet streets and want justice.

"If they do some dumb stuff like that then they should get what they deserve," said Williams.

Not only should police be commended for the quick arrest, but the police commend neighbors when they play a role assisting officers in the capture of someone willing to reek havoc in Albany.

Police say they'll remain vigilant on these type of armed robberies. They'll continue to check in with local businesses to make sure they're not being targeted and when they are, they'll take fast action to catch the suspects.

Hall has also been charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and by a person under the age of 18.


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