Valdosta, Georgia - July 25, 2012 -
On July 24, 2012 at approximately 7:36pm, the Valdosta Police Department responded to Bubba Jax Seafood, 201 S. Lee Street, in reference to the report of an attempted armed robbery. Officers arrived on scene and spoke the manager, Chris Sumner, who indicated that he was cleaning up the store and getting ready to close when an African American male, later identified as Reginald Maxwell, entered the store. Sumner stated that he asked Maxwell if he could help him and Maxwell said that he wanted all the money in the register, as he presented what appeared to be a handgun under his shirt. Sumner asked him to repeat what he said and Maxwell again told him to give him the register and all the money. At that time Sumner pulled his own handgun, pointed it at Maxwell, and told him to show him his hands. Sumner stated that Maxwell then revealed that he only had a stick under his shirt and stated that he was “just playing”. Maxwell left the store on foot and was located a short distance away by responding officers who placed him into custody. Maxwell was identified by Sumner and he was taken to the Valdosta Police Department for questioning by detectives. Maxwell was transported to the Lowndes County Jail and is being charged with Armed Robbery. No one was injured during the incident.
Anyone having any further information regarding this crime or any other crime is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department at 229-293-3145 or can remain anonymous at 229-293-3091.