East Albany man takes stand against crime - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

East Albany man takes stand against crime

December 2, 2005

Albany - A long-time East Albany business owner says crime has never been so bad.  Jack Hatcher, a 76-year old barber, was recently attacked, beaten and robbed outside his barber shop. 

" I would like to move, to tell you the honest truth. Go somewhere else, because it's so bad here," Hatcher says.

Two months ago, Hatcher came face to face with crime. 

 "This happened right in the daylight in the parking lot with a lot of people out there. So evidently they don't have any fear."

 Hatcher, his son Ricky, and neighboring businesses are taking more precautions since the robbery.

"We decided to band together and try to help each other and watch. If we see something, call the police about it," says Ricky Hatcher.

The Hatchers say people in Northwest Albany are now getting a taste of the crime East Albanians have put up with for years.

 "It's getting bad over there too, so maybe they'll do something about it."

Hatcher says he won't back down to criminals and he won't let thugs ruin the business it took him five decades to build.