Deadly robbery at a Hispanic convenience store
The Albany Police Department responded to a hold up alarm at Miscelanea Guate - Mex convenience store located at 2121 Radium Springs Road at 9:34 p.m. Friday evening.
APD Media Representative Phyllis Banks Whitley says two black men wearing ski masks entered the store and demanded money from two clerks. When one clerk refused to hand over money he was fatally shot one time. Officials say the victim is 19-year-old Sentos Vicente. The other clerk working during the incident is a 16-year-old Enrique Locus. Police are not releasing where the victim was fatally wounded.
The surviving clerk along with the victim's family members are working with a translator to assist police with as much information as possible.
The store has been robbed before, and has surveillance cameras police hope will assist them in catching the two men who committed the crime. At this time police aren't sure if the suspects got away with any money, if items from the store were taken, or what kind of weapon was used.
Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards says the store may have been targeted because of its location in a largely spanish speaking neighborhood. "We've got to help our Hispanic neighbors and friends and make sure they are protected and we get out there and make that line of communication open" says Edwards.
The Albany Police Department has 3 fluent spanish speakers and has has ongoing efforts to build and maintain relationships with the Hispanic community.
Officials say to keep your guard up during the holiday season and call police at the first sign of any suspicious activity.