MOULTRIE — Moultrie police are investigating a trio of armed robberies that targeted businesses as well as individuals, including one Moultrie man who reported being held captive for two days.
Police received calls Wednesday evening of a robbery at R&R Quik Mart in northeast Moultrie and a short time later from a man who said he had escaped the house where he had been held in northwest Moultrie.
At the 1524 Fourth Ave. N.W. convenience store located at the roundabout on that roadway two men, at least one of whom was armed, held up a store clerk.
“At about 6:15 two people walked up to the store. (It) looked like a Hispanic guy went through the front door of the business and pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money,” Moultrie Police Department Inv. Raul Leal said. “The clerk complied.”
A second man stood at the door as a lookout. After the gunman took the cash they ran in the general direction of the Northgate apartment complex, Leal said.
No weapon was seen on the lookout.
As police were still investigating the convenience store robbery, Anthony Gaines called police to report his escape from a residence on Third Street Northwest.
Gaines told police that he was kidnapped between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Monday.
“Allegedly he was picked up in the 100 block of Sixth Street Northwest and forced at gunpoint into a black SUV,” police Inv. David Jones said. “He was taken to a house where he was kept against his will for two days.
“He was in the house. Various people came in and out. He wasn’t tied up, he just wasn’t allowed to leave.”
Gaines told police his assailants took his wallet.
As of Thursday afternoon police had two people in custody but they had not been charged with any crimes.
“We’re still looking for further information,” Jones said. “It’s still under intense investigation.”
In the third incident, Joshua Lasssetter, 22, reported that he was robbed at gunpoint at about 2:20 p.m. in the 1100 block of Ninth Avenue Southeast. Police did not immediately release further details of the incident.