Two Valdosta juveniles arrested after firing weapons during armed robberies

| May 27, 2016

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VALDOSTA – At approximately 1:26 am this morning, patrol officers with the Valdosta City Police Department responded to the 1400 block of Sustella Drive regarding a report of an armed robbery. When officers arrived on scene, they were told by the victims that two juvenile offenders had attempted contact by knocking on the door to their residence. When the occupant saw that one of the offenders was holding a firearm, he immediately slammed the door as the offenders tried to force their way in. One of the offenders then fired multiple times, striking the outside of the residence.

Upon being unsuccessful in gaining entry to the house, the offenders began to flee and came across two other victims near the residence. The offenders threatened and robbed these two victims at gunpoint. The offenders then fled the area. A description of the offenders was given to all officers in the area. Patrol officers called in additional assistance from Valdosta Police Detectives and Crime Scene Technicians from the Valdosta-Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory.

Within a short time, a patrol officer responded to a report of subjects discharging firearms in the 600 block of E Ann Street. The patrol officer attempted to make contact with the subjects, who upon the sight of law enforcement began fleeing on foot. Additional officers responded to the scene and both subjects were captured. Two guns were recovered as well as the property that had been stolen from the victims who were robbed in the 1400 block of Sustella Avenue. The subjects were identified as the offenders who committed the armed robbery on Sustella Ave. Both offenders were taken into custody and have been turned over to the Juvenile Justice System.

Both juveniles now face charges of:

  • 1 count of Armed Robbery
  • 1 count of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime.
  • 1 count of Participation in a Criminal Street Gang
  • 2 counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Minor and Obstruction
  • 3 counts of Aggravated Assault per offender

“This was a great team effort by the victims and officers who were diligent in chasing down the offenders, arresting both before someone was seriously hurt”, stated VPD Lieutenant Adam Bembry.\

Release from the Valdosta Police Department

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