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Meals on Wheels vehicle robbed at gunpoint in Albany

Police, witnesses and the victim of a Thursday morning robbery on Tift Avenue all congregate near a SOWEGA Council on Aging truck that was delivering Meals on Wheels lunches.

Police, witnesses and the victim of a Thursday morning robbery on Tift Avenue all congregate near a SOWEGA Council on Aging truck that was delivering Meals on Wheels lunches.

ALBANY — A Council on Aging Meals on Wheels staffer was robbed at gunpoint Thursday morning, officials say.

The report came in to E911 around 9 a.m. when the driver of the vehicle, Terry Taylor, reported that a man wearing a blue coat had pulled a gun on him near the Golden Homes public housing units on the 600 block of Tift Avenue.

"The suspect demanded money from the victim and afterwards fled the scene with a small amount of cash from the victim. No arrest has been made at this time. The incident remains under investigation," APD Spokesperson Phyllis Banks says.

Two people who matched the description and who were nearby were initially apprehended by police. They have not been charged, however.

Kay Hind, the executive director of SOWEGA Council on Aging, said Thursday that Taylor, who is a staff member with the Middle Flint Council on Aging in Americus, was delivering one of her organization's established meals on wheels routes when a man walked up to his truck with a gun.

"You can imagine that it would be a traumatic experience but after he was done talking with police, he continued on and finished his route before he ever called the office," Hind said. "That's the kind of dedication that our folks have and I'm proud of him and am glad that no one got hurt."

Hind said that she hopes that Thursday's robbery won't have a chilling effect on people's desire to volunteer for the program.

"I just don't want people to be scared," Hind said. "I've been doing this for 45 years and this first time anything like this has ever happened."

Hind said that the Taylor gave the man $3 before the suspect fled the scene.

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