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Juveniles arrested for armed robbery and aggravated assault

By Carol A. Gasser Moore

VALDOSTA, Georgia – Valdosta Police Chief Leslie Manahan has issued information stating that on Sunday, January 15, about 3:34 p.m., Valdosta Police Officers responded to an address in the 500 block of New Hudson Street.  VPD answered an E911 call after a citizen reported that someone had shot at juveniles that ran into her house.

While officers were speaking with the parties involved in the first incident, another citizen called E911 to report that he had met a group of juveniles in front of a residence, in the same area on New Hudson Street, to sell a Play Station 5.  He stated that one of the juveniles had pulled out a handgun and robbed him of the Play Station.  The victim told officers that he got in his car and began to leave the area when the juveniles chased him and shot at his vehicle, striking it twice.

The second incident’s victim gave a description of the juveniles that robbed him, which matched the description of the juveniles, who reported that someone had shot at them.  Officers received cooperation from the mother of one of the juveniles to search their residence. During the search, officers found items of evidence and collected it to submit to the Valdosta-Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory.

As the detectives began investigating the incident, they identified that an 11-year-old male juvenile, and a 15 year old male juvenile were involved in the armed robbery and aggravated assault incident.

VPD Detectives worked with the Department of Juvenile Justice and charged the 11-year-old juvenile with armed robbery (felony), aggravated assault (felony), criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree (felony), and reckless conduct (misdemeanor).  The 15-year-old was charged with armed robbery party to the crime (felony), aggravated assault party to the crime (felony), and criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree party to the crime (felony).

On January 25, 2023, both juveniles were arrested without incident and have been detained at a Regional Youth Detention Center.

Detectives also located a 16-year-old juvenile who was in possession of the stolen Play Station.  He has been charged with theft by receiving stolen property.

“This is an alarming incident.  The fact that an 11-year-old had a firearm and shot at someone is disturbing.  I am proud of the work from our officers and detectives to hold these juveniles accountable.  We are grateful that no one was injured.” Said Chief Leslie Manahan.


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