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Albany Police suspects armed robberies connected

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

October 14, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Police think two similiar armed robberies Monday night may have been pulled off by the same two men.

32 year old Celeste Hall says she is terrified to go out at night now, after she is robbed at gunpoint in the driveway of her Meadowlark Drive home.

About 9:15 Hall had just returned from the store.

She says she never saw the two young men until one grabbed her purse as she was getting out. When she resisted, one man stuck a gun in her face. She let go of the purse, and the two armed robbers ran.

Hall thinks the two robbers followed her home to rob her.

Robbery victim Celeste Hall said "I just won't drive at night anymore. I'll just have to stay at home in the evening." You really think you are going to have to do that, because of crime? "For now. I'm scared to leave my house after dark. It terrified me."

Hall said she plans to meet with neighbors about a neighborhood watch. No arrests have been made.

Police suspect the same two armed robbers stuck up two women at gunpoint about 10 Monday night on West Mercer Avenue.

23 year old Courtney Macon and Rasheeda Thomas said two men approached them in the parking lot behind this apartment, pulled a gun, and took their purses.

No arrests have been made in that case.

A 52 year old Albany man is recovering from what Police describe as a serious head wound, after he was hit with a machete during a robbery. About 6:40 Ramon Perez says he was attacked from behind at his home on Flint Avenue, and his money taken. Perez was treated at an Albany hospital and released.

Police arrested 52 year Andres Herrera in an alley on Flint Avenue. He is charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault.

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