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Randell Harris makes first appearance

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) – 20-year-old Randell Harris made his first appearance before a Dougherty county judge this morning.

When the judge read his charges Harris turned his head and mumbled a few words before being escorted out.

Harris is charged with kidnapping, armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Albany Police say Harris and 20-year-old Christopher Raines robbed a Family Dollar Monday night and held an employee hostage.

Harris has a lengthy criminal history, too. According to Dougherty county jail records, back in February he was arrested on battery and criminal trespassing charges.

Records also show that on May 5th he was convicted on a burglary charge and three counts of armed robbery for a crime he committed on March 16th, 2009.

Witnesses say then 19-year-old Harris held a gun to an infant's head during a home invasion robbery in Dougherty county on Cordele Road.

But despite everything, he was only sentenced to 15 years probation.

Raines was shot by a police officer and is still in the hospital.

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