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Recent armed robberies put Rossville residents on high alert

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WALKER COUNTY, GA (WRCB) - A Walker County neighborhood is on high alert. It's been a hot spot for crime recently, and some residents say they no longer feel safe. It's the same area where an elderly woman was carjacked several weeks ago, and another man was recently jumped on his 10-minute walk home from the gas station.

Walker County Sheriff's Office Capt. Steve Rogers attributes some of the recent crime in the area as spillover from Chattanooga. He said there's a high turnover of people moving in and out of nearby apartment complexes, and believes most of the criminals causing these problems are teenagers.

"I didn't think I'd make it out, because one of them had a gun," said a 20-year-old man who was jumped while walking back from the gas station. He wants his name and face withheld because he still doesn't feel safe.

The Rossville resident was just several blocks from home when two thieves held a gun to his face on Glentana Rd.

"I heard two people behind me, and they just jumped me," he said.

It happened on May 10. Two teenagers started demanding money, but the man didn't have any cash.

"When I told them I didn't have any money, they got madder and madder, and started hitting me more and more," the man said.

The two teens snatched his wallet and cell phone, and left him injured on the side of the road.

"I'm very concerned for the safety of anyone who walks these streets," said Bethany Brooks, who must walk to and from work on the same poorly-lit stretch that's just blocks away from the state line.

"There's no lights, there's places to hide and anyone can pop out," said Brooks, who thought she lived in a mostly quiet neighborhood until recently, it seems.

Brooks wants a bigger police presence in the area.

"To me it seems like the police aren't patrolling enough in this area, especially after carjackings down the road," she said.

It's the same area an elderly woman was carjacked several weeks ago on Wilson Rd. Nearby convenience stores have also been robbed several times in the past few months.

Brooks said she walks with a knife in her pocket, but it still doesn't give her much peace of mind.

"If it happens again, especially if they have a gun, a knife's not gonna help," she said. "It's just not safe at the moment."

Police arrested Columbus Upshaw, 19, and a 15-year-old juvenile in connection to the unnamed man's attack. Investigators are still working to track down other suspects involved in the other recent violent crimes.

"I'm gonna walk with my family now, just to make sure it doesn't happen again," the man said.

Investigators don't think the crimes are related, but believe all the suspects could know each other.

If you have information about any of the robberies in Rossville, call the Walker County Sheriff's Office at (706) 638-1931.
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