UPDATED: Juvenile snatches man's Dairy Queen; man shoots juvenile
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Blue lights lit up the Town & Country Shopping Center on Sunday afternoon, as a juvenile male was shot in the arm after reportedly snatching a man's drive-thru order.
The man, identified as Raphael Waller, ultimately was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, cruelty to children, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and tampering with evidence.
Essentially, according to investigators, the man was sitting in his car at the Dairy Queen drive-thru when an employee attempted to hand him his bag of food. The juvenile then swooped in out of nowhere, snatched the bag and took off on foot.
The man then mashed the gas and began chasing the juvenile, ultimately catching up to him in front of the laundromat across the parking lot. Investigators are still investigating exactly what happened after that, but at some point the juvenile was shot in the arm.
The juvenile is listed in stable condition.
Here is the complete press release from the Milledgeville Police Department:
The Milledgeville Police Department is currently investigating a robbery by snatching followed
by an aggravated assault occurring in the area of Dairy Queen and Quality Pawn. A juvenile suspect is alleged to have run between a vehicle and drive-thru snatching a bag of food from a store employee. The vehicle was occupied by Mr. Rafael Waller and (female passenger) who then pursued the juvenile out of the Dairy Queen parking lot into the parking lot area of Quality Pawn where an altercation between Mr. Waller and the juvenile ensued. During the altercation a single gunshot was fired by Mr. Waller striking the juvenile. Mr. Waller and Ms. Jackson then left the scene while the juvenile was assisted in front of Protective Cleaners Laundromat by person(s) in the area until law enforcement and emergency medical services arrived.
The juvenile is listed in stable condition at this time.
Mr. Waller and (female passenger) were later located by Milledgeville Police Department Officers, Detective McLeroy, and Lt. January at their residence. Mr. Waller was taken into custody with the alleged firearm being located at a later time.
Mr. Waller has been charged with Aggravated Assault, Cruelty to Children, Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and Tampering with Evidence. This investigation is still currently ongoing, anyone with information is urged to contact the Milledgeville Police Department Detective Bureau.