APD credits teamwork, community for quick action during homicide - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

APD credits teamwork, community for quick action during homicide investigations

Albany Police say it's been a long week, but they will sleep a little better now knowing the families of the two most recent homicide victims have some closure. (Source: WALB) Albany Police say it's been a long week, but they will sleep a little better now knowing the families of the two most recent homicide victims have some closure. (Source: WALB)
An armed robbery at the Dollar General ended fatally when police said the suspects shot and killed Javis Walker. (Source: WALB) An armed robbery at the Dollar General ended fatally when police said the suspects shot and killed Javis Walker. (Source: WALB)
A day later, Zamal Fuentes was shot and killed at a hotel. (Source: WALB) A day later, Zamal Fuentes was shot and killed at a hotel. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany police said it has been a long week, but they will sleep a little better now knowing the families of the two most recent homicide victims have some closure. 

Police said they were able to solve this week's homicides so quickly with the help of other agencies and the community. 

An armed robbery at the Dollar General ended fatally when police said the suspects shot and killed Javis Walker. Police said he tried to stop the crime. A day later, Zamal Fuentes was shot and killed at a hotel.

"It was senseless killing to take him because he was a special child," said Delinda Wright, an Albany resident.

As Wright grieves the loss of Walker, who she knew well, she commends the work of Albany police. 

"A friend and I talked yesterday about how up on it the Albany investigative team is," said Wright.

Within the week, police arrested six people in connection with the two separate homicides. 

MORE: 
+Second person charged in East Albany Dollar General homicide
+No bond for men charged in Quality Inn homicide
+No bond for suspect in Rosedale Ave. murder
+Albany double homicide suspect appears in court
+Triple fatal Albany shooting victims identified
+Police make arrest in Champagne Lane murder
+Albany shooting victim identified, investigation continues
+Albany Police: Second person dies after Saturday double shooting
+UPDATE: Man who crashed into building dies

"Anytime that phone rings, I know they hate to see my number or the sergeant's number. But they come. And when they come, they hit the ground running," said Lieutenant Keithen Hall.

Hall, a sergeant, and six investigators make up the Robbery/Homicide unit. They dedicated endless hours to finding the suspects. 

"What motivates me is speaking with the families. I mean bringing justice and closure to the mom and dad. That's a tough thing to lose a child," said Detective Nicovian Price. 

Police said surrounding departments and community tips contributed to the speed in solving this week's homicides.

"By the time we got to the station, we had information on CrimeSTOPPERS who possibly committed that crime. And that's awesome. That's what we need more of," said Hall.

As police thank the community for help, some are thanking the police for their service. 

"If you think you are going to get away with crime, especially murder, think twice. Because the Albany Police and Investigations Department is right on it. You don't stand a chance," said Wright.

Right now, in 13 of the 14 homicide cases this year, arrests have been made.

Copyright 2017 WALB. All rights reserved.

Keep up with WALB on the go! 
Follow us on social  
   and download our apps!

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Albany celebrates Black history with Juneteenth Festival

    Albany celebrates Black history with Juneteenth Festival

    Sunday, June 17 2018 5:57 PM EDT2018-06-17 21:57:59 GMT
    The Juneteenth Festival was held Saturday at the American Legion Post 512. (Source: WALB)The Juneteenth Festival was held Saturday at the American Legion Post 512. (Source: WALB)
    The Juneteenth Festival was held Saturday at the American Legion Post 512. (Source: WALB)The Juneteenth Festival was held Saturday at the American Legion Post 512. (Source: WALB)

    A group in Albany came together to celebrate African-American history Saturday.  Juneteenth is a festival celebration of the emancipation from slavery. 

    More >>

    A group in Albany came together to celebrate African-American history Saturday.  Juneteenth is a festival celebration of the emancipation from slavery. 

    More >>
  • UPDATE: Crews respond to sewage spill in downtown Albany

    UPDATE: Crews respond to sewage spill in downtown Albany

    Sunday, June 17 2018 4:13 PM EDT2018-06-17 20:13:31 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Public works crews responded Saturday afternoon to another sewage spill flowing into the Flint River in Albany.

    More >>

    Public works crews responded Saturday afternoon to another sewage spill flowing into the Flint River in Albany.

    More >>
  • Phoebe hosts Men's Health Fair in time for Father's Day

    Phoebe hosts Men's Health Fair in time for Father's Day

    Sunday, June 17 2018 9:48 AM EDT2018-06-17 13:48:50 GMT
    Phoebe Putney hosted a Men's Health Fair at Albany State University (Source:WALB)Phoebe Putney hosted a Men's Health Fair at Albany State University (Source:WALB)
    Phoebe Putney hosted a Men's Health Fair at Albany State University (Source:WALB)Phoebe Putney hosted a Men's Health Fair at Albany State University (Source:WALB)

    Real men can cook - that's the message at this year's Phoebe Men's Health Fair at Albany State University. This Father's Day weekend, Phoebe and numerous volunteers had one goal in mind - to teach men healthy habits they should practice every day. 

    More >>

    Real men can cook - that's the message at this year's Phoebe Men's Health Fair at Albany State University. This Father's Day weekend, Phoebe and numerous volunteers had one goal in mind - to teach men healthy habits they should practice every day. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly