GARDEN CITY, GA (WTOC) - It's a crime police deal with all too often; Hispanics being targeted by armed robbers. While in these cases the Hispanics are the victims, sometimes they don't report the crime; and instead just deal with it.
On Friday night, what should have been a quick trip to the grocery store, turned extremely violent. Two men came out of the dark, and beat him with brass knuckles for the cash in his wallet.
"It happens more often than we like," said Garden City Police Chief David Lyons.
Lyons said this isn't the first time this has happened, and it probably won't be the last. "A lot of these folks work. They don't have a car, they walk to work, or they have to walk to the grocery store, or to the convenience store. They're walking back and forth between their destination and their house alone, and they establish a pattern. Well, then the perpetrator lays, and waits, and snatches their money," Lyons said.
In this case, not only did they get the money, but the suspects badly beat a man. Lyons said that in the past, Hispanics weren't always reporting these crimes. Through community outreach the police have made strong strides in changing this. "We're not INS, we're not ICE, we're not going to round them all up and send them back home. If they're a victim, then they need our services," said Lyons.
But police can't be everywhere. Lyons said people who are going to carry cash and walk at night need to travel in groups, and stay in well lit areas. "Take some common sense steps to lessen the chances of being victimized."
No arrests have been made from Friday night's robbery. Those who have information about that case can call police.