ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Police continue to search for a gunman who robbed a South Albany convenience store late last night.
His accused partner was caught inside the store.
When the two masked gunmen burst into Westside Grocery on West Gordon Avenue, the store clerk immediately recognized them, even as they wore masks. Store employees said the two robbers hang around that store for hours everyday.
An employee in the back office called 911 and stayed on the phone, even letting the dispatcher listen as the robbers demanded money.
Clerk Sabrini Aladoui called the suspects by their nicknames, "D-Nasty" and "Big Mike." They made four customers lie on the floor and smashed a cash register. One robber hit the clerk and sprayed her in the face with pepper spray. That's when police arrived and arrested Dorian Richards. The man the store clerk believes is known as Big Mike pushed his way past cops and escaped.
"If pepper spray or a stun gun or any other object is used offensively, then that would contemplate an armed robbery. And that would be a basis for an armed robbery charge," said Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards.
Richards is in jail, charged with armed robbery and 5 counts of aggravated assault. We're told the clerk is taking a few days off to recover from the pepper spray attack.
The second armed robber, Big Mike, is black and a 6'2" tall. Police say he is armed and dangerous and advise people in that West Gordon neighborhood to be on alert.