Warner Robins residents react to Saturday night's 2 homicides

The Warner Robins community is reacting to the two homicides Saturday night that happened less than a mile apart/Eric Mock (WGXA)

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. - The Warner Robins community is reacting to the two homicides Saturday night that happened less than a mile apart. The city is already 1/3 to its yearly total for the past two years -- as it had just six homicides in both 2016 and 2017.

The first homicide Saturday took place around 6 p.m. at the Tanglewood Apartments on Elberta Road. Police say Vincent Junior, 28, was shot and killed.

The second homicide happened just before 9 p.m. less than a mile down the road at the Chevron Gas Station. Police say Janak Patel, the clerk working at the time, was shot and killed during an armed robbery.

Monday, a store owner and employee for two nearby businesses discussed the incidents' impact.

Ramesh Patel owns Exxon gas station on Elberta Road. He says he knew both victims and that Junior was a regular in his store.

Patel -- who has no relation to the victim Janak Patel -- added his store is covered with bulletproof glass, which cost $17,000 to install. He also has a sophisticated camera system.

Considering the recent incidents, Patel says it's all worth it.

Marvin Leon, who works at So-Low Food Mart on Elberta Rd., says he's shook up from the homicides. He said he knew Patel -- calling him a nice person.

Leon added he's afraid to come out from behind his bulletproof glass inside the store, and he's also scared for his grand kids, who live in the area.

Both cases are still under investigation and authorities are searching for the suspects. Investigators believe the homicides are not connected.

If you have information on either of these cases, contact Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.







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