Search dogs help track suspects

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A team of search dogs from a Florida Prison helped Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies track and capture two of three youth suspected of robbing an Attapulgus convenience store on Monday night.

Shortly before 10 p.m. Monday, three men wearing shirts and scarves to cover their faces robbed at gunpoint the Quick Change convenience store at 105 E. Griffin Ave. in Attapulgus. As one of the men pointed a silver revolver at the store’s clerk, he and another man took cash from the store’s cash register while a third man stood lookout by the door. All three then fled on foot.

After an extensive search by deputies and tracking dogs from the Apalachicola Correctional Institute in Sneads, Fla., two young men, identified as 17-year-old Tyree Bernard Baker of 1107 E. Broughton St., Bainbridge, and a 16-year-old boy were spotted walking out of a wooded area where the robbery suspects’ clothing and the weapon used in the robbery were found. Both were taken in for questioning, and Baker was later arrested and charged with armed robbery.

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Teen charged with strong-arm robbery

Bainbridge Public Safety arrested a 14-year-old boy after two men reported being attacked and robbed by a group of several young males on Saturday night.

The two victims told police they were walking on South Scott Street in front of the Grocery Outlet in Bainbridge at around 11:30 p.m. Saturday when a group of about four to five young males attacked them and took a wallet from one of the victims.

One of the victims, a 38-year-old man, was taken to Memorial Hospital by Emergency Medical Service ambulance for treatment of injuries to his mouth and head. While the other victim, a 28-year-old man, did not have to be hospitalized, he did receive injuries to both knees, elbows and hands from being dragged on the pavement.

Shortly after the robbery was reported, BPS Cpl. Aaron Brown stopped a crowd of young males at the intersection of Green and Monroe streets. When Sgt. David Cutchin arrived to assist Brown, he asked the youth to show the officers their hands. When one of them, 14-year-old Rashaud Moore of a Pine Street address in Bainbridge, held out his hands Sgt. Cutchins observed his knuckles were scratched and bleeding and he was covered with sweat.

After both victims identified Moore as their attacker, he was arrested, according to an incident report. BPS filed a juvenile complaint against Moore, who was taken to the Blakely Regional Youth Detention Center, Investigator Mark Esquivel said. According to Esquivel, Moore had a detention hearing on Monday and was later released back to the custody of his parents.