Valdosta Mall employee beaten & robbed - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Valdosta Mall employee beaten & robbed

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Darton College receives new honor

    Darton College receives new honor

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:37 PM EDT2014-08-30 03:37:42 GMT
    Darton State College receives a new honor.It is ranked 6th in the country among mid-sized colleges in the Center for Digital Education's annual Digital Community Colleges Survey.More >>
    Darton State College receives a new honor.It is ranked 6th in the country among mid-sized colleges in the Center for Digital Education's annual Digital Community Colleges Survey.More >>
  • NFL domestic violence punishment a step in the right direction

    NFL domestic violence punishment a step in the right direction

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-08-30 03:34:28 GMT
    Silke Deeley, Liberty House Executive DirectorSilke Deeley, Liberty House Executive Director
    The director of an Albany women's shelter is glad the NFL is sending a strong message against domestic violence .Yesterday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell put tough new punishments in place for players who commit domestic violence. More >>
    The director of an Albany women's shelter is glad the NFL is sending a strong message against domestic violence .Yesterday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell put tough new punishments in place for players who commit domestic violence. More >>
  • Albany fire department recruits 15 firefighters

    Albany fire department recruits 15 firefighters

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:29 PM EDT2014-08-30 03:29:55 GMT
    Richard Lynn, Albany FirefighterRichard Lynn, Albany Firefighter
    More than a dozen men and women begin their careers as Albany firefighters. Within a couple of hours, some of those men and women will work at stations throughout the county to serve and protect our community.More >>
    More than a dozen men and women begin their careers as Albany firefighters. Within a couple of hours, some of those men and women will work at stations throughout the county to serve and protect our community.More >>
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Valdosta Police hope someone can help them find two men who viciously attacked a worker at the Valdosta Mall.

The young man was beaten and robbed as he left work after the mall closed last night.

After 9 p.m. last night 20-year-old Ahmad Waqas was closing up at Dairy Queen. As he left work, two men beat him with an unknown object and demand money.

"You've got to watch your back around the holidays, it's sad to know someone's trying to leave work and this happens to them," said former Valdosta Mall employee, Jennifer McLeod.  

Police say the man's father found him on the ground injured in the mall parking lot. He was transported to South Georgia Medical Center where he was treated and released. McLeod says at night, employees need to be on alert.

"Always use the buddy system, and be aware of your surroundings. I keep my keys between my fingers and if you have pepper spray keep that too ready to spray," said McLeod.

Valdosta Police keep the department's Mobile Command Unit in the Mall parking lot during the holidays to prevent crimes. But the surveillance system known as the eye in the sky didn't catch this crime.

"We don't believe that it captured this, our detectives have already been over there to the command post and they've been reviewing anything and everything that they have over there," said Capt. Bobbi McGraw, VPD.

A family member of Waqas' says he and his family are very shaken up and he doesn't know when he will return to work. For now Valdosta Police are working to find more surveillance footage that may have picked up the attack.

The thieves got away with $100.

If you have any information on this robbery, Valdosta Police ask you to call them at 229-242-2606.

Copyright 2012 WALB.  All rights reserved.