Man arrested following Valdosta armed robbery

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By: Amy Robinson | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 8, 2018

Torrey Hunter

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- The Valdosta Police Department has arrested a man accused in an overnight armed robbery at a local business.

At approximately 2:45 a.m. Thursday, VPD officers responded to an armed robbery at a business in the 700 block of South Patterson Street.

Employees told responding officers that as they were locking up the store, a previous customer, later identified as 40-year-old Torrey Hunter, knocked on the door asking to come back inside to get property that he left behind.

After allowing him back in, employees say Hunter suddenly pulled out a weapon and demanded money.

Police say one of the employees was then struck by Hunter and suffered superficial injuries. Hunter fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.

A witness was able to provide a description of the suspect's vehicle to police.

Later in the morning, Lowndes County deputies located the vehicle, which later led detectives to Hunter. He was taken into custody and interviewed.

Following the investigation, Hunter was taken to the Lowndes County Jail where he is being held pending arrest warrants for felony armed robbery, felony possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and misdemeanor battery.

Officials say additional charges are pending.

VPD Lieutenant Adam Bembry said, "The Valdosta Police Department acknowledges the courage of the victim in this case to speak with law enforcement and helping to identify the offender. Also recognized is the hard work of the Lowndes County Deputies for locating the vehicle and the VPD detectives for their skilled investigation that will help this dangerous subject in off of our city streets."

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