Arrest made in home invasion attack

Resident being examined by APD
Resident being examined by APD

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Police say they have a man in custody after a late night robbery in East Albany. Edgar Nunez was arrested and charged with Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary and False Statements on Tuesday, after Ulysses Ellis was smashed in the head.

Investigators say Edward Nunez owned and drove the getaway car used in the robbery about 12:30 Tuesday morning..

It happened on the 1100 block of Van Deman around 12:30. An officer was patrolling the neighborhood when he saw a resident and another person struggling with each other.

The officer intervened and the suspect drove off. Officials say the suspect crashed their car into a fence off of Netherlands, less than half a mile away from the original scene. The suspect then ran off.

Ulysses Ellis, 52, told APD the suspect struck him over the head and robbed him."You don't know that person, continue to talk to that person from behind a closed door. At the same time, if they are not leaving, then you are on the phone to the police department. So now we can have someone out to your home," said APD Lt. Brian Covington.

The abandoned car is a gold 2004 Nissan Maxima.

If you have any information about the robbers, call CRIME STOPPERS at 436-TIPS.

APD issued this release with information on the case-

An Officer was patrolling in the 1100 block of VanDeman Street when he heard what sounded like glass breaking. He then observed the victim staggering from his front porch and shouting out the direction of travel of the suspect. At that point, the officer spotted the suspect fleeing the scene on foot.

He jumped into a gold vehicle which took off at a high rate of speed. The Officer followed the suspect in emergency mode and located the vehicle in the 1000 block of Netherland Lane. The occupant(s) had abandoned the vehicle but it continued to move slowly until it came to rest after striking a fence.

An interview with the victim revealed that the suspect came to his door. When the victim opened the door, the suspect struck him over the head with a bottle causing him to fall back into the house. 

At that point, three black males came from the side of the residence and began striking the victim along with the first suspect. The victim also told police that one of the suspects struck him with a rifle. The victim sustained a laceration to the face. EMS was called to the scene.

The vehicle was recovered.

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