UPDATE: Albany armed robbery suspect in custody

UPDATE: Albany armed robbery suspect in custody
Arrested Tuesday (Source: Dougherty Co. Sheriff)

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Law enforcement in the Albany area were searching for an armed robbery suspect possibly headed towards Lee County, according to a spokesperson for the Albany Police Department (APD).

Law enforcement said the suspect robbed a Dollar General at 1508 North Jefferson, shortly before 9 a.m.

Michael Lancer, Jr., 31, was booked into the Dougherty County jail, charged with armed robbery. APD said that an employee told police the suspect entered the store and attempted to buy cigarettes.

The clerk asked for ID, the suspect then placed a candy bar on the counter then once the register was open, the suspect pointed a gun and demanded money. He fled the scene with money from the store.

The scene of Albany area law enforcement searching for an armed robbery suspect Tuesday morning.
The scene of Albany area law enforcement searching for an armed robbery suspect Tuesday morning. (Source: WALB)

About 10:15 Tuesday morning, APD released this statement:

Suspect is in custody after crashing his vehicle at Philema Road and Jefferson Street. Currently, all direction of traffic is blocked off until further notice. A white male robbed the Dollar General at 1508 North Jefferson Street around 8:57 a.m. Afterward, he fled the scene driving an older model black Mustang. No injuries reported. A lookout for a white male about 5′ 7″ with a slender build, wearing a camouflage jacket and khaki pants, in his mid-30s was given out. Lee County Deputies were also notified. They spotted the vehicle at Highway 19 and Forrester. Deputies pursued the suspect to Old Leesburg Road back towards Albany and onto Jefferson Street. The suspect crashed at Philema and Jefferson Street. The wreck is being worked by GSP. Charges are pending.

Police also said he was armed with a gun, wearing a mask, and was driving an older model black Mustang.

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